Safeguarding reviews, audits and training
Expert support on conducting statutory reviews, learning reviews and audits to improve safeguarding practice
SCIE helps organisations to review and learn from safeguarding incidents in a way that supports improvement. We support with statutory case reviews, routine audits and learning reviews across children’s and adults’ services.
SCIE’s reviewing experts:
- broker access to accredited lead reviewers
- develop local capacity to review safeguarding cases and practice through training and mentoring
- train leaders and managers on using a systems approach for effective learning and improvement.
The style and substance of the (SCIE Learning Together) report allowed for a more honest discussion with the Board about learning from the review.Independent chair, Local Safeguarding Children’s board
Organisations that SCIE supports
We work with organisations in the UK and overseas that have a legal responsibility to protect and safeguard children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect including:
- safeguarding boards for adults and children
- Scottish child protection committees
- local authority commissioners
- health commissioners, including clinical commissioning groups
- the police, youth justice and other criminal justice agencies
- care and support providers, including statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations
- health providers, including NHS Trusts and GP services
- housing providers, including housing associations
SCIE can help your organisation and partners to learn together and improve safeguarding practice.
SCIE’s Learning Together model
SCIE’s Learning Together model is one of the most developed and tested systems-approach models available. This collaborative methodology aims to gain a deeper understanding of current local practice and cultivate an open, learning culture. Each review is bespoke, designed to fit your needs, the case(s) and circumstances.
Our in-house experts and associates conduct audits and case reviews on a consultancy basis, supported by methodological supervision from SCIE.
More on Learning Together
Become an accredited reviewer
SCIE runs a support programme for lead reviewers accredited in the Learning Together systems model. We welcome both salaried professionals as well as independent consultants. There are two routes to accreditation:
- An individual mentoring scheme – The favoured option for developing local capacity. An accredited Learning Together mentor is matched with a trainees to support them complete their first Learning Together case review to ensure they are using the systems approach to best effect. This follows participation in a Learning Together foundation course and is a requirement for application to the accreditation process.
- A cohort scheme – The favoured option for independent consultants. Trainees are supported to complete their first Learning Together case review through group supervision sessions. This scheme begins with a bespoke Foundation Course for group members.
Accredited lead reviewers who work within local agencies benefit from:
- ongoing supervision of all Learning Together reviews
- a community of practice for accredited Learning Together reviewers – an annual programme of peer support, seminars, short life working groups, and annual conference
Safeguarding reviews and audits - clients
Over 90 organisations have commissioned SCIE and our associates to carry out safeguarding reviews. We have an international reputation.
- 59 Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in England
- 11 Scottish Child Protection Committee reviews
- 12 Safeguarding Adult Boards
- Northern Ireland Safeguarding Board
- NHS England
- Church of England
- Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
- Ministry of Defence
Independent audit of safeguarding arrangements and survivors’ survey
The Church of England commissioned SCIE to provide an independent audit of diocesan safeguarding arrangements. SCIE has subsequently been commissioning to conduct audits of the Church of England’s palaces and cathedrals.
Independent audit of safeguarding arrangements
Downside Abbey commissioned SCIE to carry out a systems-based joint audit of its abbey and school. Engagement took place with senior leaders, current staff, pupils and parents, past pupils and those that have previously held safeguarding roles.
Learning from safeguarding adults reviews (SARs)
The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned SCIE and RiPfA to improve the quality and use of safeguarding adults reviews (SARs).
Following an independent report into deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s, Hampshire County Council commissioned SCIE to determine how well placed it is now to respond to equivalent concerns.
Mencap commissioned SCIE to review the effectiveness of its safeguarding arrangements. SCIE recommended that Mencap should consider appointing an independent chair for its internal safeguarding panel. This recommendation was approved by the Board of Trustees.
Improvement support on children and young people’s safeguarding in the Jewish community
SCIE is supporting Reshet with developing and strengthening best practice in child protection and safeguarding for synagogues and communal organisations. SCIE has provided a range of support services to organisations in the Jewish community.
SCIE's safeguarding training was extremely well run and sensitive to our specific needs.Avi Lazarus, CEO, Federation of Synagogues
Royal Chelsea Hospital commissioned SCIE to deliver safeguarding training for its staff and volunteers. The objective was to establish a common and clear understanding of safeguarding. Staff are now more confident in identifying safeguarding incidents and sharing information.
Improving the identification and reporting of child sexual abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia commissioned SCIE and the London School of Economics and Political Science to consider how child sexual abuse can be better identified and reported.