Quality Assurance

One of the core functions of the LSCP is to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of what is done by the Board’s partners individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and to advise them on ways to improve.

This requires the LSCP to develop its own comprehensive overview of the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of multi-agency practice in Leeds, which is facilitated through the LSCP Performance Management System and is made up of three components:

1. Monitoring partner compliance with the statutory requirement to have effective safeguarding arrangements in place (Section 11)

2. A Performance Management Framework which collates data from across the partnership about safeguarding activity.

Established in 2011 and refreshed to include measures from the national Children’s Safeguarding Information Performance Framework, it is based on an ‘Outcomes Based Accountability’ approach, asking three questions:

  • How much did we do?
  • How well did we do it?
  • Did it make a difference?

A series of scorecards have been developed which summarise performance across two areas; LSCP Strategic Priorities and Groups of vulnerable children and young people who have been identified as a priority for the LSCP (child protection, children and young people who are looked after and children and young people who go missing/are suffering or at risk of sexual exploitation).

3. A multi-agency Quality Assurance and Audit Programme. Having established a performance framework in 2011 the LSCP initiated a Quality Assurance and Audit programme in 2012 designed to provide much more information about the quality of the work being undertaken and its impact on outcomes for individual children and young people. 

This system complements and feeds into the Leeds Framework for Learning and Improvement which helps to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the partnership.

Further information about the quality assurance work of the LSCP can be found in the LSCP's Annual Report.