How do Children’s Services benefit from an online audit system?

Date: Friday, 07th Jun 2024 | Category: Audits, Safeguarding

Safeguarding children is a critical responsibility for all organisations involved in providing services to young people. The “Working Together to Safeguard Children” guidelines set out statutory requirements for safeguarding practices, ensuring that Children’s Services meet their legal and ethical duties. With the latest update to this guidance, which emphasises stronger multi-agency collaboration and introduces new national multi-agency child protection standards, it is more important than ever for organisations to have robust auditing processes in place.

Why are safeguarding audits important?

Safeguarding audits are essential for evaluating and improving the practices that protect children and young people. They help organisations identify gaps in their safeguarding measures, ensure compliance with legal requirements, and promote continuous improvement.

The new guidance requires safeguarding partnerships to re-evaluate their current safeguarding practices under Section 11 and Section 175/157 audits. These audits help organisations ensure that their communication channels, joint decision-making processes, and shared responsibilities are effective and in line with the new multi-agency working framework. This holistic approach ensures that all parties involved in child protection work together seamlessly to provide the best outcomes for children.

The role of online audit systems

Many organisations may not be aware that online audit systems exist to facilitate these crucial safeguarding audits. Traditional auditing methods can be cumbersome and time-consuming, often involving extensive paperwork and manual data entry. Online audit systems, however, offer a streamlined, efficient alternative that centralises all audit data in one accessible location.

These systems are designed to be flexible and user-friendly, accommodating the unique needs of different organisations. They support various question formats and allow for customisation, ensuring that audits are tailored to specific requirements. Furthermore, online audit systems can handle complex logic-based questions, making the audit process more intuitive and relevant to the organisation’s context.

Introducing the Phew Audit System

The Phew Audit System is a leading online platform for safeguarding audits. It delivers an increased volume of collated actionable response data to custom questions, streamlining and centralising the audit process. With the Phew Audit System, all audit data is housed in one easily accessible and manageable place, making it simple to track progress and develop action plans.

The system is regulated, tested, and purpose-built for audit compliance. It supports Sections 11 and 175/157 audits, as well as a variety of other safeguarding requirements. Its intuitive interface requires minimal training, allowing users to adapt quickly and build effective audits that align with their organisation’s culture and procedures.

By using the Phew Audit System, Children’s Services can easily ensure compliance with the latest safeguarding requirements and adapt to future changes. This flexible, comprehensive tool helps safeguarding partnerships confidently audit their practices, enhance multi-agency collaboration, and ultimately provide a safer environment for the children and families they serve.

For more information on how the Phew Audit System can benefit your organisation, please get in touch with our team or visit our website.
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