“...an audit shows you where your risks are before they turn into a situation or even a disaster. It gives you external validation and assurance that your safeguarding practice is effective...”
Safeguarding is a complex and fast-evolving discipline that requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding by those ultimately responsible for the welfare of others.
Inspectors review safeguarding policies to check their relevancy and benchmark practice. Overly complex frameworks can actually undermine activity.
Evidencing staff understanding and competency is an increasing area of focus. Rules are complex and all staff need to understand how to make a disclosure.
Inspection and regulatory bodies are increasingly focused on record keeping. A lack of an updated and effective risk register is often a key target.
As well as examining current procedures, we can check for loopholes such as registered sex offender name change, suggesting strategies to mitigate against them.
During an audit, we can create a ‘safeguarding dashboard’ to be used as evidence for future inspections.
Our Head of Security Operations will conduct a full review of the premises, CCTV, access control, supervision and compliance risks, as well as health and safety practices.
We will work with you to ensure that all stakeholders understand their roles and responsibilities in collaboratively driving forward standards.
An external evaluation of your safeguarding practice will enable you to assess areas for continued improvement and celebrate current effective practice.
Any organisation wanting to ensure effective safeguarding practice is being achieved or identify current risks or trends.
Our root and branch audit provides you with an evaluation and external review of the current safeguarding practice within your organisation.
We recommend a full safeguarding audit takes place every year. This enables your organisation to embed and implement key recommendations. Safeguarding is an every changing continuum and therefore regular auditing will enable you to review practice.
The Safeguarding Alliance audits take a modular approach, including a desktop policy review, meetings with key stakeholders and an on-site, in-depth review. The audit is based on evidence and information that is presented at the time and is not an endorsement or accreditation of practice.
Safeguarding is the biggest risk to any organisation. If a safeguarding issue becomes a crisis, it can destroy reputations and organisations. By arranging a safeguarding audit, you can understand where the risks lie and what your next steps should be. Speak with one of our safeguarding specialists to discuss your needs and if you have any further questions. Please note that our audits are not an endorsement or accreditation of practice.