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Safeguarding audits

Due for return to Safeguarding.Audit@eastsussex.gov.uk by Thursday 28th March 2024

Maintained schools, academies and colleges

175 Safeguarding audit tool [257.3 KB] [docx]

175 Safeguarding audit - table of changes [22.6 KB] [docx]

To support schools with self-assessing their safeguarding practice.  The template has been updated in January 2024 to reflect changes in guidance since January 2023.  The Table of Changes highlights where any statements have been updated.  Schools can either complete the blank document above or copy and paste the changes into their existing audit document and then reflect upon these and update accordingly.

Framework to Support Further Reflection on Safeguarding Practice in Schools and Colleges [48.1 KB] [docx]

This document has been developed to support school leaders, governors and Designated Safeguarding Leads to reflect more deeply about eight key elements of safeguarding practice.  It is intended to complement the self-assessment safeguarding audit by expounding eight key statements within the tool, so school leaders might find it helpful to use, to inform their Red, Amber, Green assessment of these eight statements.  Governors might find it helpful too, to use this document to support their scrutiny of the audit tool or to provide a focus for monitoring visits.

Review of Governor Scrutiny Document November 2023 [55.1 KB] [docx]

During the 2022/23 academic year the Education Safeguarding Team developed the Framework to Support Governors in their Scrutiny of Safeguarding Practice document, which has subsequently been updated to the Framework to Support Further Reflection on Safeguarding document.  The above report is based upon feedback from governors about the process and outcomes of their scrutiny.

Independent schools

There are three audit options for independent schools. Complete the one which works best for your circumstances.  As with the tool for maintained schools, in each case there is a January 2024 updated template which can be used, or a table of changes which can be used to copy and paste across to your existing audit document.

175 Safeguarding audit [257.3 KB] [docx]

175 Safeguarding audit - table of changes [22.6 KB] [docx]

This is the same audit that is used for maintained schools, but can still be used by independent schools, if the format suits your setting.

157 Non-boarding safeguarding audit [293.3 KB] [docx]

157 Non-boarding safeguarding audit - table of changes [23.4 KB] [docx]

This has all the statements from the standard audit and relevant statements from the Independent Schools Standards Regulations (ISSR). The document structure is parallel to the ‘parts’ of the ISSR document. This format helps with reporting to governors on the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) elements of safeguarding. 

157 with boarding safeguarding audit [288.6 KB] [docx]

157 with boarding safeguarding audit - table of changes [24.4 KB] [docx]

This combines all the statements from the standard audit, the ISSR statements and the relevant statements from the National Minimum Standards for boarding. 

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