At Scrutton Bland, we believe trust should underpin any internal audit process. It’s essential that the organisation being audited feels comfortable with the people examining the ins and outs of its business. Similarly, the auditor should be assured that nothing will be hidden from them while undertaking their work.
Our internal audit specialists treat each of our clients as individuals, getting to know the team and building a relationship that can be sustained over several years. This enriches our internal audit service while providing the ‘knowledge continuity’ that our specialists need to offer tailored and impactful advice.
Our internal audit team understands the unique requirements of businesses and public bodies alike. With clients including further education colleges, sixth form colleges, multi-academy trusts and housing associations, we combine our understanding of risk with sector-specific knowledge, delivering a bespoke service that isn’t often available from other auditors.
There are four key components to our internal audit approach:
Assurance - We deliver honest and objective advice on the effectiveness of your internal controls.
Solutions - We analyse and provide perspective on the root causes of issues identified in our audit findings, so corrective action can be taken.
Insight - We are proactive in suggesting meaningful improvements and providing assurance around risk.
Trusted Adviser - We provide value-added services and proactive strategic advice beyond the initial audit, establishing ourselves as a long-term partner for clients.
Our specialist auditors complete audits in the following areas:
- Estates Management
- IT Infrastructure
- Data Protection & GDPR compliance
- Business Continuity
- Health and Safety
- Human Resources
This is just a snapshot of what our internal audit team covers. Our education specialists, for example, can provide a mock Education and Skills Funding Agency funding assurance audit and can also audit student attendance, high needs learning support, curriculum planning, student recruitment and retention, amongst other key risk areas.