How to use the audit toolkit

This toolkit gives you everything you need to carry out your own contextual audit. On this site you’ll find a variety of documents, resources, webinars, audios and videos to explain the process and help you as you plan your audit. The audit involves several stages:

Close Audit Governance

Before starting the audit it is important that a governance structure is in place. This will involve deciding on the reporting structure, choosing a single point of contact (SPOC) to oversee the audit, setting up the steering group and deciding on the timeline for the audit.

Close The Audit

The audit involves three stages: collecting and analysing strategic documents related to peer-on-peer abuse; observations of meetings and training from strategic to operational levels; and focus groups with young people and practitioners.

Close Dissemination of Findings

It is important that the findings of the audit are reported to the right people across the area. Dissemination could include a written report and presentations to a variety of different audiences.

Close Application

Once the audit has been completed and the findings have been disseminated it is time to develop a delivery plan. At this stage you will be working with different agencies to create responses that are both contextual and holistic.

In order to use the Contextual Safeguarding Audit Toolkit it is important that you read each section in turn. This site is designed to take you through each stage step-by-step and guide you through the process. Everything here is free to use for non-members but by becoming a free member of the Contextual Safeguarding Network you can track your progress through the audit and access other contextual safeguarding resources.