Multi Agency Audits

Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015 determined that Local Safeguarding Children Boards should 'evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of what is done by the authority and their board partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'.

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) undertakes multi-agency practice audits (discussion forums) of case files that relate to a specific theme. This is an effective mechanism of providing the partnership with assurance, particularly as practitioners and their managers are involved and able to identify what they are doing well and where improvements need to be made.

SSCP has established a rolling programme of multi-agency audit themes which have been identified through local priorities, local reviews, inspection findings, performance data and national research.

Audits provide an opportunity to reflect on the quality of practice, learn from and build on existing good practice and identify lessons learned. An important part of the audit is to share learning across the partnership.

The audit findings are presented to the Practice Review Sub-group. Quality assured audit reports are shared with the partnership and relevant work-streams. The Practice Review Sub-group are responsible for the monitoring the implementation of the recommendations to ensure lessons learnt are embedded into practice to improve outcomes for children.

Multi Agency Practice Audits

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For more information, please contact Tiffany Slack, Interim SSCB Business Manager Email: or Tel: 0161 603 4322.

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