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.

Section 175 Audit 2020/21

We recognise the hard work that goes in to completing the Section 175 tool and the impacts COVID-19 has had on settings across the city, as a result, we are only asking settings to update the information that was provided last year to reflect any changes. Please log on by clicking here and make any necessary changes.

The 2020/21 audit is due in on Friday 16th July 2021.

We have now enabled access to the Section 175 2020/21 Audit. This is to provide education settings with the opportunity to begin populating the data as and when it becomes available. However, please note that Question 9 cannot be completed until closer to the date of submission as the data required for this question is captured from September 2020 to June/July 2021. Consequently, education settings must NOT click on the submit button until all data has been included.

Advice & 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. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click the guidance below for additional support when using Phew

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