“We will deliver what we say and keep the client informed throughout the audit process”
Internal Audit provide the internal audit services for West Sussex County Council. The services provided include probity visits, audit reviews, project support, core systems audit and contractor assessments, as well as fraud investigations.
In practice schools will mainly experience audit from the Establishment Audit Team. Internal Audit's main role in auditing schools is to provide independent assurance to the Head of Learning, head teachers and school governors about the quality of controls the managers have put in place and to ensure the assets of the Local Authority (LA) are adequately controlled and safeguarded.
The current Government introduced the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) which every WSCC maintained school had to complete and submit to the LA by the 31 March each year.
National Fraud Initiative (NFI)
The LA has a legal obligation to provide data to the NFI process. Further details regarding the NFI can be found on the National Fraud Initiative website hosted by the Cabinet Office.