Gloucestershire County Council Section 11 Self-Assessment Audit
A message from the Children and Families Commissioning team (Section 11)...
As you are probably aware, Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 requires the county council to ensure that the organisations it funds have arrangements in place that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
If you receive, or have received early years funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds in your setting it is essential that you complete the following Section 11 Self Assessment and return it to us, by the 8th June 2018. I would refer you to the Working Together 2018 document where it states early years settings must liaise with local statutory children’s services agencies.
Please note this audit should be completed by all daycare settings and childminders who employ assistants. Childminders working alone do not need to complete it.
This Self Assessment now replaces the Safeguarding Audit previously completed and returned to Early Years. You will be asked to update this Self Assessment annually so please retain a copy to enable you to update it more easily in the following years.
Can you please take some time to complete the Section 11 Self Assessment Audit, available in our Downloads section. Each question has 3 scoring options:
- Not Met
- Partly Met
- Fully Met
If your setting has been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, you do not need to include supporting evidence with your form when you return it.
If a standard has not been met, or has only been partly met, action should be taken. These actions should be listed in the table and form part of an action plan to ensure all the requirements are met. A timescale of when these will be achieved should make up part of your action plan.
You should take an honest approach to completing the self-assessment tool and if you have any difficulties in completing the form or developing actions please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org we will support you.
We believe this is a really good opportunity to ensure that there are processes and systems in place to ensure that the welfare of children and young people is promoted and they are protected from harm.
Please email your completed audit to email@example.com
Children and Families Commissioning Team
Raising Private Fostering Awareness:
Tell us about a private fostering arrangement...
When a child is privately fostered the child’s parents still have full parental responsibility in the eyes of the law.
The law requires that parents and carers and any others directly involved in the arrangement must notify their local authority at least six weeks before the arrangement begins that they intend to privately foster a child.
If an arrangement is made in an emergency the notification must be made within 48 hours.
It's the law
The council has a legal duty to make sure that all private fostering arrangements are safe for the child. We have to ensure that the child or young person is being looked after properly, that appropriate arrangements are agreed between parties and that everyone involved knows who to ask for help if advice or support is needed.
Failure to notify us of a private fostering arrangement is an offence.
Contact us Private Fostering Social Worker Gloucestershire County Council 2nd Floor Quayside House Shire Hall Gloucester GL1 2JU t: 01452 427758
We have been made aware by Gloucestershire Police that Ransonware attacks are increasing...
Please ensure that you are familiar with the following guidance:
Responding to Terror incidents:
Children and young people sometimes witness, are involved or are aware of events that they can find frightening and scary...
As, with adults, they will try to understand what has happened and may well ask questions or want to know what is going on.
As such it important to find out what they know and correct any misconceptions. Children hear lots of information from different sources and may misunderstand or misinterpret what they are hearing. As such, using age appropriate language, help them to develop a narrative of what has happened by explaining they situation and answer questions as honestly as possible without causing distress.
For further information on how to speak to children following a terrorist attack and for useful links and leaflets to share with parents and carers, please visit the GSCB Website
Updates to South West Child Protection Procedures
As one of 12 Local Safeguarding Children Boards in the South West region, we are part of a consortium sharing the South West Child Protection Procedures. These procedures are now updated on a regular basis and are online at the following website: http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/
You are able to sign up to receive an alert when the procedures manual is updated. To do this, follow the link below: http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/gloucestershire/register_updates.html
Please do not assume if you are signed up to the GSCB web site that this will automatically subscribe you to the new manuals alerts, so please do register now.
If you would like to comment on the new manual, please send through any feedback on the procedures to the GSCB Business Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serious Case Reviews
As you are all aware, when we have Serious Case Reviews both Locally and Nationally, the aim of these is to explore the experiences of agencies and professionals working with the child and family, so that we can learn from them...
By sharing the lessons we strive to reduce the risks in future for children and families.
You will find that lessons learnt from all SCR’s when published, are shared in GSCB Road Shows, and at our Designated Safeguarding Forums and on the GSCB Web site. The lessons learnt should be reflected upon by yourselves to ensure you are doing all you can to enhance the quality of your safeguarding practice within your setting.
We just wish to highlight a couple of the lessons learnt from recent SCR’s to encourage you to start reflecting on these now:
This is an Early Years Foundation Stage statutory Requirement – pg 20
3.21. Providers must put appropriate arrangements in place for the supervision of staff who have contact with children and families.
3.22. Supervision should provide opportunities for staff to:
- Discuss any issues – Particularly concerning children’s development or well-being;
- Identify solutions to address issues as they arise; and
- Receive coaching to improve their personal effectiveness.
Supervision arrangements MUST be in place within early year’s settings to ensure that all staff are able to discuss their concerns and have opportunities for reflection and critical thinking around concerns that they have about a child. Please ensure these are in place, along with staff having a clear awareness of who to speak to about concerns about children as they arise. We must respond to concerns in a timely manner and this could mean waiting for your next supervision is not good enough! Your Designated Safeguarding Lead must be available to support staff concerns during all hours that your setting is open. Quote from “Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings Aug 2016”.
Information sharing between agencies should not be seen as a barrier.
As professionals we need to be confident in our responsibilities to request and share information and challenge any discrepancies we become aware of.
Effective information-sharing underpins integrated working and is a vital element of both early intervention and safeguarding. Research and experience have shown repeatedly that keeping children safe from harm requires professionals and others to share information:
- About a child's health and development, and exposure to possible harm;
- About a parent who may need help, or may not be able to care for a child adequately and safely; and
- About those who may pose a risk of harm to a child.
Often, it is only when information from a number of sources has been shared and is then put together, that it becomes clear that a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer, significant harm. However, when professionals share information at an early stage, this should reduce the risk of significant harm.
Practitioners should use their judgement when making decisions on what information to share and when and should follow their organisation procedures or consult with their manager if in doubt. The most important consideration is whether sharing information is likely to safeguard and protect a child. (Information Sharing March 2015)
You will all be aware that the transition record has been changed since last year to provide a space to note if you are passing on current or previous child protection concerns, to the next setting or school to protect the child.
If you have any concerns about sharing information, you will find more guidance and support within the revised Gloucestershire Safeguarding Manual – please refer to this if you have any concerns: http://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/gloucestershire/p_info_sharing.html
From 1st July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism"...
What does this mean for early years providers?
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Fundamental British Values in the Early Years
PACEY is the professional Association for Childcare and Early Years...
A standard-setting organisation, that promotes best practice and support to childcare professionals to deliver high standards of care and learning. They have developed this simple but effective guide to promoting Fundamental British Values in your setting, illustrated with pictures to support.
For more information please visit the PACEY website.