Safeguarding reviews and audits
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
Church of England – Independent audit of safeguarding arrangements Open
The Church of England commissioned SCIE to provide an independent audit of diocesan safeguarding arrangements.
The process began with four audits designed to test the planning, the conduct and output of the audit approach. The dioceses in Portsmouth, Salisbury, Blackburn and Durham volunteered to participate in the pilot stage of the project, which has enabled the audit methodology and supporting documents to be amended on the basis of the evaluation of the pilots.
The next stage of the audit is the national rollout using the amended methodology, and this will take place during 2016 and 2017.
These audits are part of our commitment to making the Church a safer place for all… They show how each diocese can improve, while also commending good practice that is already in place. Our policies and practice must start from the place of seeking the very best for all. This includes them being survivor-focused. SCIE’s experience in safeguarding will help us to do that.The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding at the Church of England
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has delivered independent safeguarding audits for all 42 dioceses of the Church of England over 2.5 years. We have been impressed with the collaborative way they have worked with us, and with each diocese, to make the audits a positive learning experience for everyone involved. SCIE staff have developed a good understanding of faith-related safeguarding challenges, and have helped formulate practical ways to improve our practice.Heather Reid, Deputy National Safeguarding Adviser to the Church of England
Independent auditing of diocesan safeguarding arrangements for the Church of England: reports published January 2016
- Pilot overview report
- Blackburn Diocese audit
- Durham Diocese audit
- Portsmouth Diocese audit
- Salisbury Diocese audit
More on SCIE’s work on safeguarding
Department of Health - Learning from safeguarding adults reviews (SARs) Open
The Department of Health has commissioned SCIE and RiPfA to improve the quality and use of safeguarding adults reviews (SARs).
The initial phase of work runs from March 2017 to March 2018 to draw together and develop an online library of open access resources on the SCIE website containing reviews, reports, guidance and tools to support practitioners working in safeguarding. National safeguarding networks will be involved to ensure that stakeholders’ views and knowledge are represented in the development of the resources.
The space will provide open access to SAR reports alongside a search function to support easy navigation. There will be analysis of the reports to identify trends and emerging issues, and translation of this analysis into user-friendly materials containing key messages for practice.
We have three upcoming events on the theme of Making the learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) accessible through a national library.