Safeguarding Effectiveness

This sub-board is child focused. It looks at data to ensure effective leadership, management and governance with the  delivery of person centred and outcome focused care across the partnership.

Its current objectives are:

  • To coordinate matters arising from Partnership meetings and drive forward the strategic priorities of the Partnership.
  • To quality assure the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements across Trafford, with the aim of promoting continual improvement.
  • To scrutinise the performance information which will assist in setting strategic priorities; provide an opportunity for professional challenge and identify opportunities for multi-agency/single agency audit.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the Partnership partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults and advise them on ways to improve. 

Multi-agency audits are carried out through the year. For 2021 the audit schedule is looking at Neglect, Domestic Abuse, Exploitation, Early Help and Safeguarding Effectiveness.

There are statutory audits that are also carried out by the TSSP, these are the Section 11 and Section 175 audits.

Section 11 and Section 175

The TSSP is the key statutory body for coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Trafford. It is the duty of the TSSP to hold agencies to account in terms of their safeguarding arrangements and practices.

The TSSP uses a variety of ways to test the strength of safeguarding arrangements across agencies in Trafford. One of the key ways is an annual safeguarding audit called the Section 11 Audit (for organisations) and a Section 175 Audit (for schools and colleges).

Section 11 was issued under the Children Act (2004) and has been reinforced in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. Section 11 places duties on a range of organisations and individuals to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Section 11 places a duty on:

  • Local Authorities and any services they commission, and district councils that provide children’s and other types of services, including children’s and adult social care services, public health, housing, sport, culture and leisure services, licensing authorities and youth services;
  • Schools and colleges (under Sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002).
  • NHS organisations, including the NHS Commissioning Board and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • The police, including Police and Crime Commissioners and the Chief Officer of each police force in England and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London;
  • the British Transport Police;
  • The UK Border Agency (and under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009)
  • Housing Authorities (and under Part 1 of the Housing Act 2004)
  • The Probation Service;
  • Governors/Directors of Prisons and Young Offender Institutions;
  • Directors of Secure Training Centres; and
  • Youth Offending Teams/Services (and under Section 38 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998).

The advice of the TSSP is if you are delivering services in a position of trust directly or indirectly to children and young people you must complete the Section 11 / 175 safeguarding audits.

Quality Assurance

The TSSP schedules a series of Section 11 accountability meetings for agencies to attend and present the findings from their audit and to discuss their safeguarding priorities for the year ahead. Each agency receives a summary of the areas discussed in the meeting and will be offered support with developing action plans

The TSSP dip samples Section 175 audits completed by schools and will request evidence to support their safeguarding arrangements. The TSSP will offer support to schools via a ‘health check’. For more details please email the TSSP.

Findings from audits will be published as reports throughout each audit cycle. 

Partners who have been issued an audit can access the audit system.