Learning and Improvement Framework

The Leeds Children Safeguarding Partnership (LSCP) Learning and Improvement framework (LIF) demonstrates how learning is identified, disseminated and implemented in practice within a multi-agency context, to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families within Leeds.  The LSCP Learning and Improvement Framework is central to the LSCP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements.  The Framework enables, not only a rigorous assessment of the quality of multiagency safeguarding arrangements, but how we learn from this to drive forward improvements to the safeguarding system and in turn, outcomes for children and young people.  

Learning and Improvement Framework

Partnership Approach to Learning and Improving

This framework is designed to underpin and facilitate the development of a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the whole children’s safeguarding system in Leeds. It is based on:

  • locally agreed priorities set out in the Annual report
  • knowing our strengths, what we do well and do more of it
  • knowing what children and young people say 
  • learning from national research
  • an outcomes based accountability methodology which asks:
  • how much did we do?
  • how well did we do it?
  • what difference did it make to outcomes for children and young people?
  • a shared commitment to implementing and embedding improvement actions
  • a shared commitment to focus and learn from good practice as well as those cases meeting statutory criteria.

Operation of the framework requires trust between partners that:

  • provides a high level of mutual support, sets ambitious expectations and enables effective, constructive challenge
  • fully involves professionals to contribute their perspectives without fear of being blamed for actions they took in good faith
  • avoids the development of a ‘blame culture’.

Learning and improvement activity must be able to assure partners about the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements and demonstrate improvements in:

  • safeguarding arrangements and multi-agency working 
  • ensuring children and young people receive ‘the right service at the right time’
  • outcomes for vulnerable children and young people. 
Transparency and Public Accountability

In order to ensure transparency and public accountability learning and improvement activity should include:

  • the involvement of children, young people and their families in improving the work of the LSCP 
  • publication of learning and improvement activity and its impact on outcomes for vulnerable children and young people
  • production and publication of the LSCP Annual report evaluating the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements in Leeds. 
Partner Agency Contribution

Partner agencies should contribute, and respond, to learning and improvement activity in a timely manner. This will include support to:

  • learning and development activity:
    • provision of a training representative who will liaise with the LSCP Training and Development Officer on behalf of their organisation, represent their organisations learning and development needs and cascade learning and development opportunities and information (see Appendix A for details of their responsibilities)
    • provision of trainers within the LSCP trainers pool to deliver the LSCP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training programme.
  • the LSCP performance management system:
    • provision of information for the Performance Management Framework
    • engagement in the Quality Assurance and Audit Programme
    • improvement sustained through regular monitoring and follow up.
  • effective member agency involvement in Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Learning Lesson Reviews, Child Death Reviews, Appreciative Inquiries through:
    • the timely provision of high quality information and analysis through the appropriately identified route 
    • attendance of agency personnel at all levels in reviews
    • a commitment to knowledge transfer, dissemination of learning and changes in practice which promote improved safeguarding outcomes for children and young people.
  • the development of an overall understanding of the effectiveness of safeguarding activity in Leeds through the sharing of findings from:
    • external inspections
    • internal reviews
    • Quality Assurance and audit activity.
  • implementing actions identified to improve multi-agency working and outcomes for children and young people.
  • Ensuring the voice of the children and young people is central throughout all the work of the LSCP.  
Learning Methodologies

Learning will be drawn from a range of sources (see Appendix B) and all LSCP member organisations have an obligation to provide the LSCP with relevant, detailed and up to date information.  

Using Learning Proactively

Learning will be used to understand what we do well and do more of it.  It will also be used to challenge the Partnership and partner agencies to make improvements, through implementing action plans from inspections, reviews, audits etc. Learning will be used to make real, sustainable improvements to services to reduce the risk of future harm.

Disseminating Learning and Identified Practice Improvement

As part of the LSCP Learning and Improvement Framework Leeds SCP recognise that Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and other review processes are a valuable resource for identifying learning from practice, and are a significant tool for disseminating and imbedding that learning.

The LSCP also recognises that it has responsibility for disseminating lessons to its partner agencies, and ensuring that those lessons are further disseminated within the agencies and that they are embedded in practice.

The cascading of learning, through the partnership will be undertaken through:

  • the LSCP Communications Strategy including:
    • reviews appropriately published on the LSCP website
    • LSCP e-bulletin
    • learning sheets
  • the LSCP Learning and Development Strategy:
    • practitioner briefings
    • briefing sheets and associated resources
    • embedded into training
    • learning and development opportunities
    • briefing events across the partnership 
  • learning disseminated through individual agencies
    • information cascaded to practitioners through single agency communication processes
    • policies and procedures appropriately reviewed and updated
    • learning incorporated within in partner agency safeguarding training.

The embedding of learning is monitored by the LSCP through the Business Planning Group in relation to learning points / findings from reviews and associated action plans. With regards to embedding of practice within partner agencies, including single agency training, the monitoring of action plans and the Section 11 provides assurance that this has happened.

Monitoring the Impact of Changes

In order to ensure that changes are embedded, sustainable over time and have the desired effect, monitoring will be undertaken through the following processes:

  • performance analysis:
    • LSCP Performance Management Framework
    • Partner agencies performance systems
  • quality assurance and audit activity:
    • LSCP Quality Assurance and Audit Programme
    • undertaken by partner agencies
  • survey activity:
    • children, young people and their families 
    • practitioners and line managers
  • feedback from:
    • practitioners and line managers on the impact on practice of learning and development activity
    • children, young people and their families on the impact of Early Help services and statutory intervention.
Appendix A - LSCP Partner Agency Training Representative and Support for the Learning and Development Programme

The LSCP is committed to the provision of accessible, suitable and appropriate safeguarding training for all members of the Children’s Workforce within Leeds. As part of this commitment a substantial multi-agency training programme is provided which includes core (Introduction to Working Together and Working Together) and additional training courses as well as other learning and development opportunities such as briefings, seminars and conferences.

All LSCP training courses are delivered through a multi-agency training pool. In order to ensure that this occurs effectively each partner agency is requested to provide an appropriate training representative who is able to effectively liaise with the Training and Development Officer (TDO) and to ensure that the agency meets its individual requirements with regards to learning and development opportunities, both in-house and supporting those of the LSCP. 

Training Representative 

The role of the training representative is to liaise with the TDO in relation to:

  • identifying their organisations training needs
  • provide assurance that appropriate safeguarding training is available (and provided)
  • disseminate training information throughout their agency
  • disseminate learning and development information throughout their agency
  • provide and oversee trainers for the LSCP multi-agency training pool.

In order for this to be an effective partnership the training representative is requested to:

  • ensure that the section regarding training and development within the Section 11 audit process is completed
  • respond to requests for assurance (and provide evidence if requested) that in-house training is updated in line with changes in policies, procedures, key safeguarding messages and lessons learnt
  • disseminate training information throughout their agency (for example the LSCP training calendar, dates of briefings and conferences, LSCP safeguarding bulletins, internal recommendations and messages from reviews
  • support the recruitment of appropriate trainers into the LSCP multi-agency training pool
  • oversee the involvement and input of trainers within the LSCP multi-agency training pool (including helping support their development if required).
Appendix B - Information sources to support identification of learning




External Inspections and reviews


  • Outcomes of Safeguarding Inspections.

Children’s Homes Schools Early Years Provision 


  • Outcomes of Safeguarding Inspections



  • Outcomes of Safeguarding Inspections

West Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services 

Other sources

  • Outcomes of Safeguarding Inspections

Leeds YJS
Wetherby YOI 

The voice of the child 

  • The LSCP has a Student LSCP which seeks and provides the voice of children and young people

  • The ‘My School My Health Survey’ in Leeds attracts over 17,000 responses The LSCP will use these responses as a standing priority to identify what young people are saying and in turn ensure that the LSCP responds to what they have identified

  • The voice of children and young people is a focus within Section 11 audits.

LSCP Business Unit 

Analysis by LSCP Business Unit 

All partners to demonstrate the voice of the child is captured within their own governance structures

Child Death Overview Panel 

  • Annual Report

  • Provide information pertaining to a child/family identified through WTSC 2018 CDOP process.

Child Death Overview Panel

All partner agencies 

Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood processes 

  •  Annual Report 

SUDIC Steering Group

Review Process including Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Learning Lessons Reviews

  • Completed Reviews

  • Review Updates

  • Implementation of action plans and evidence of embedded learning.

LSCP Business Unit

Specific Partner / Issue Reports 

  • LADO Annual Report

  • IRO Annual Report

  • C.P Conference Report

  • CSWS Annual Report

  • MAPPA Annual Report

  • LSCP Secure Settings Annual Report

  • Private Fostering Report

  • MALAP.


Secure Settings Subgroup

Performance Analysis (LSCP PMF & Partner Agency Performance Systems) 

  • Safeguarding Data. 

All LSCP partners

Multi-agency Quality Assurance and Audit programmes 

  • Practitioner questionnaires

  • Multi-Agency Audit Programmes.

All LSCP partners to contribute members of staff All LSCP partners All partners to cooperate and provide information pertaining to the agreed audit programme 

Single agency Quality Assurance and Audit programmes 

  • Reports of internal safeguarding audits including objectives, outcomes and action plans.

All LSCP partners

Partner Agency Annual Safeguarding Reports 


All partners

S(11 / 175) self-assessment audit programme 

  • Section 11 Audit. 

Statutory Partners
Commissioned Services
PVI Sector
NHS Commissioning

  • Section 175. 

Annual Report

Complaints and compliments 

  • Number of compliments / complaints by young people received by all agencies.

All statutory partners

Learning and Development 

  • Annual Training Review
  • Recurring practice themes.

LSCP Business Unit

Children and Families Trust Board 

  • Annual report identifying progress made over challenges set.

Children and Families Trust Board 

LSCP website

  • Statistics on the number of hits the website receives, which pages are being viewed and how often.

LSCP Business Unit 

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