Education Settings Self-Assessment  Tool (Section 175) & Guidance

Introduction

It is vital to ensure that Birmingham schools and colleges can demonstrate that they are meeting key statutory duties and following safeguarding children and young people guidance. All settings are being asked to complete the audit on-line, enabling them to provide information to the BSCB on how they discharge their duties and help to keep children and young people in Birmingham safe.

Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools and FE colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Section 157 of the 2002 Education Act and the Independent School Regulations 2003 convey the same responsibilities on all other non-maintained settings.

New Audit Model for Section 175

This year, the BSCB has developed a new audit tool for Section 175, the new audit tool went live on the 18th October 2018.  As a result, we are no longer using the Virtual College tool, and instead using a new tool designed by Phew.

How to access the tool

All schools in Birmingham will have received an e-mail from Phew on Friday 19th October 2018 containing a link to the audit tool. This email will have been sent to the Head Teachers address. Head Teachers are then required to login into the audit tool (using their e-mail address as their username) and grant access to nominated members of staff.   A step-by-step guide to support the registration process can be found here

Once staff have been registered they can access the tool by clicking here

Section 9:  Child Protection & Safeguarding Statistical Data

All schools are required to enter safeguarding data for the following terms:

Term:

Data Required:

Date data required by:

Summer Term 17/18

Data from previous summer term

22nd November 2018

Autum Term 18/19

31st January 2019

Spring Term 18/19

Data to be entered up until 31st March 2019

12th April 2019

Completed Self-Assessments

The Audit tool must be completed by the 12th April 2019.

Advice and Support

If you have any questions in relation to the completion of the Section 175 and/or require technical support, please contact the BSCB Business Support Unit on 0121 464 2612.

If required, schools can still access the old audit tool here until February 2019.

Page updated: 29.11.2018




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