Learning and Development Strategy 2014-17
Multi-agency safeguarding Learning & Development opportunities in Leeds and how the LSCB monitors and evaluates their effectiveness.
The LSCB Learning and Development Strategy (referred to as L&D Strategy throughout the document) has been developed to set out how the LSCB will undertake its functions to “monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.” As outlined in Working Together 2013 P60.
In addition the L&D Strategy will also outline the city wide multi-agency learning and development opportunities for practitioners within the City of Leeds, how these will be provided and how they will be quality assured.
Overseen by the LSCB Learning and Development Subgroup the L&D Strategy comprises of a number of supporting documents / links which make up the strategy as a whole.
The L&D Strategy will be reviewed and Refreshed on a three year cycle.
Context for Safeguarding Learning and Development Opportunities
Working Together 2013 (P60) identifies that “In order to fulfil its statutory function under regulation 5 an LSCB should use data and, as a minimum, should: …..
"monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.”
Working Together 2013 (P65) also identified the need for LSCBs to develop and maintain a local Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF) in order to “enable organisations to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result.”
Leeds is the second largest metropolitan borough authority in England with a population of three quarters of a million people. There are 178,000 children and young people aged 0 to 19, representing 23% of the city’s total population.
There is an estimated Childrens Workforce of 75,000 practitioners and volunteers within Leeds, although exact numbers are unquantifiable due to the size and structure of the Third Sector. Leeds has developed a cluster approach to providing services to children and young people with 25 local clusters based on geographical location. All of these practitioners require safeguarding training at differing levels dependent upon their roles and responsibilities. It is the responsibilities of individual agencies and organisations to identify the training needs of their staff, and where possible provide (in-house at introductory level based on the agreed Minimum content), or identify opportunities to access, appropriate training.
Working Together 2013 (P60) also states that “LSCBs do not commission or deliver direct frontline services though they may provide training.” Leeds LSCB , like many other LSCBs has chosen to provide a city-wide multi-agency Training Offer as part of its Learning and Development opportunities due to the benefits of such an approach as outlined by Carpenter et al (The Organisation, Outcomes and Costs of Inter-agency Training to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2009). This approach ensures that practitioners are able to access identified training and learning opportunities.
Leeds LSCB also has a Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF) which is completed in partnership with its partner agencies and disseminated to ensure learning and good practice is cascaded throughout the Childrens Workforce. Regular reviews of the impact of learning on practice, multi-agency working and outcomes for children and young people are undertaken.
LSCB Learning and Development Offer
The LSCB Learning and Development Offer is overseen by the Learning and Development Subgroup and supported by two part time (one full time equivalent) Training and Development Officers and a full time Administrator from the Business Unit. The sub group comprising representatives from LSCB Partner Agencies provides oversight of all multi-agency learning and development opportunities provided by the LSCB, responds to emerging issues identified by the LIF and case reviews, oversees the Training Pool which delivers the LSCB Training Offer and quality assures LSCB and Partner Agency safeguarding training.
Leeds LSCB provides a variety of learning and development opportunities including a refreshed multi-agency Training Offer , topic based “light bite” sessions, briefings, workshops and conferences (local and regional). Having been refreshed in the light of the 2013 update of Working Together, along with identified needs from case reviews and from individual practitioners and agencies, the Training Offer includes core safeguarding training as well as a variety of additional and specialist courses, including training for trainers to support the Third Sector in delivering introductory training in-house. Details of the full offer, along with guidance as to which training practitioners should be accessing and instructions on how to apply can be found on our training pages on the LSCB Website.
The Training Offer is delivered via a Multi-agency Training Pool comprising of trainers provided in-kind by our partner agencies. All trainers are either safeguarding trainers within their own organisation or practitioners with safeguarding knowledge who have undergone the West Yorkshire LSCB Training for Trainers course. By matching trainers according to agency, job role, skills and knowledge this approach allows the LSCB to provide multi-agency safeguarding training in a truly multi-agency approach. All training is delivered in line with the Training Standards as agreed and adopted by the West Yorkshire LSCB Trainers, and based on the PIAT Multi-agency Training Standards. Partner agencies are also asked to ensure that any in-house training is delivered in line with these standards.
The Learning and Development Quality Assurance Framework provides the basis for how the LSCB will ensure it that it is able to “monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.” (Working Together 2013). It also acknowledges that although the main aim of learning and development opportunities is to support practitioners in working with, and responding to concerns regarding children and young people in order to have an impact on their outcomes, it is a challenge to directly link attendance at training or learning and development events with direct impact on outcomes for children and young people.
The framework outlines that the effectiveness of partner agency training will be monitored through the Section 11 Audit process undertaken by the LSCB as well as within Partner Agencies Annual reports to the LSCB. In addition training will be included within LSCB Partner Agency Challenge Events, either as part of the Section 11 Challenge or as a separate Learning and Development Challenge Event.
With regards to the quality assurance of multi-agency training provided by the LSCB the framework identifies the processes used by the LSCB including participant reaction evaluations and impact evaluations (3 months after the training) which are reported to the Learning and Development Subgroup on a quarterly basis (and within the Annual Learning and Development Report) along with a trainer’s observation process which ensures the LSCB training is in line with the agreed standards.
The Learning and Development Subgroup respond to any concerns identified within any of the processes outlined above.