Education Settings Self-Assessment  Tool (Section 175) & Guidance


It is vital to ensure that Birmingham schools and colleges can demonstrate that they are meeting key statutory duties and following safeguarding children and young people guidance. All settings are being asked to complete the audit on-line, enabling them to provide information to the BSCP on how they discharge their duties and help to keep children and young people in Birmingham safe.

Section 175 of the 2002 Education Act requires local education authorities and the governing bodies of maintained schools and FE colleges to make arrangements to ensure that their functions are carried out with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Section 157 of the 2002 Education Act and the Independent School Regulations 2003 convey the same responsibilities on all other non-maintained settings.

New Audit Model for Section 175

In October 2018, the new audit tool for Section 175 was launched and feedback has been positive. We welcome any further feedback you have on your experiences using the tool.

If you have an existing account you can access the tool by clicking here. If you are not yet on the system, the allocated member of staff within your setting who already has access can set you up an account.

Updating the information on your Section 175

We recognise the hard work that goes in to completing the Section 175 tool and, as a result, we are only asking settings to update the information that was provided last year to reflect any changes.

The tool will be re-opened in October 2019.  Further details to follow.

Advice and Support

If you have any questions in relation to the completion of the Section 175 and/or require technical support, please contact the BSCP Business Support Unit on 0121 464 2612. Alternatively, you can contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Page updated: 19.08.2019

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