Quality Assurance Framework

The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) set out key elements that SSCB need to consider to ensure that children, young people and their families are effectively safeguarded and to clearly understand the impact of its work.  The QAF includes the following components:

  • Section 11 Audit: Monitoring partner compliance with the statutory requirement to have effective safeguarding arrangements in place (as detailed in the Children Act 2004)
  • Section 175/ 157 Audit: Monitoring compliance by the education sector with the statutory requirement to have effective safeguarding arrangements in place (as detailed in the Education Act 2002)
  • Multi-agency Audits: The SSCB multi-agency audits provide a means of finding out whether the service is following guidelines and or applying best practice in a particular area. Multi-agency audits enable areas of weakness to be identified and acted upon and provide opportunities for agencies to learn from each other
  • Performance Reports: Detailed performance reports have been developed which summarise performance across SSCB’s strategic priorities as well as groups of vulnerable children who have been identified as a priority for the SSCB (Child Protection, children who are Looked After and children who go missing/are suffering or at risk of sexual exploitation)

The QAF is used to drive improvement in training and practice, policy and procedure and provides the underpinning structure to measure and assure these priorities are achieved.

Key Partnerships