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Safeguarding audits

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Safeguarding has traditionally focussed on the responsibility that organisations have to ensure that their staff and programmes do not harm children (including the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse); however, it has recently expanded to include vulnerable adults as well protecting staff from inappropriate behaviour, such as bullying and harassment.

It is essential that all organisations have robust safeguarding policies and procedures in place in order to meet good practice standards. Open Briefing can work with your organisation to:

  • Assess your current safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Identify strengths and gaps
  • Develop an action plan to address the gaps and build on the strengths
  • Help you meet safeguarding standards and your duty of care obligations

The four stages of a safeguarding audit from Open Briefing are:

Safeguarding audit process

Stage 1: Initiate

We will work with you to understand your needs and identify the most applicable standards to audit your organisation against. From these agreed standards, we will create a mapping framework and benchmarking for the audit. The recommended standards are based on frameworks developed by Bond, the UK’s Department for International Development and Keeping Children Safe, which outline standards that include:

Safeguarding standards

Stage 2: Assess

We will gather evidence for the audit from several sources, including:

  • Document review
  • Workshops
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Self-assessment questionnaire

Using a RAG traffic light system, we will record in the system map whether a standard is implemented (green), partially implemented (amber), not implemented (red) or not applicable. We will do this for both paper and practice. In other words, we will assess what is written down in your policies and handbooks and assess how the standards are actually being achieved within your organisation.

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Stage 3: Report

We will provide you with a clear and concise findings report and gap analysis, including a summary traffic light dashboard of the audit system map. We will explain in non-technical language the changes that your organisation should make in order to meet the good practice safeguarding standards. We will also include recommendations for any ongoing training that your staff might need.

Stage 4: Implement

We will work with you for an agreed number of days to implement any recommendations that you need our help with. This might include delivering staff training or developing a full package of safeguarding policies, procedures and resources for your organisation, for example.

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A safeguarding audit will usually take three days to complete, but it varies depending on the size and complexity of the organisation being audited.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.


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