Learning and Development Strategy 2018-2021


The LSCP Learning and Development Strategy (referred to as L&D Strategy throughout the document) has been developed to set out how the LSCP will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people on behalf of the Partnership.

In addition, the L&D Strategy will also respond to emerging learning needs through consultation with LSCP partners and outline the city-wide multi-agency learning and development opportunities for practitioners within the City of Leeds. It will identify how these will be provided and how they will be quality assured.

Overseen by the LSCP 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

National Context

Although under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 LSCB’s are no longer statutory, LSCP sees the importance of multi-agency learning in relation to improving practice and improved outcomes for children and young people. Therefore, LSCP will continue to undertake the previous functions in relation to learning and development as outlined by Working Together 2015; “monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.”

Local Context

Leeds is the second largest metropolitan borough authority in England with a population over three quarters of a million people. There are almost 166,268 children and young people aged 0 to 17, representing almost a quarter of the city’s total population. (ONS, 2017).

There is an estimated Children’s Workforce of 80,000 practitioners and volunteers within Leeds, although exact numbers are unquantifiable due to the size and structure of the Third Sector. Leeds continues to work with a cluster approach to providing services to children and young people 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) stated that “LSCBs do not commission or deliver direct frontline services though they may provide training.” Leeds LSCP, 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 LSCP also has a Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF) which identifies all the potential opportunities for learning and how these will be captured, reviewed and disseminated to ensure learning and good practice is cascaded throughout the Children’s Workforce. Regular reviews of the impact of learning on practice, multi-agency working and outcomes for children and young people are undertaken.

LSCP Learning and Development Offer

The LSCP Learning and Development Offer is overseen by the Learning and Development Subgroup and supported by two Training and Development Officer (both part time) and Administrator support from the Business Unit. The subgroup comprising representatives from LSCP Partner Agencies provides oversight of all multi-agency learning and development opportunities provided by the LSCP, responds to emerging issues identified by the LIF and case reviews, oversees the Training Pool which delivers the LSCP Training Offer and quality assures LSCP safeguarding training.

Leeds LSCP provides a variety of learning and development opportunities including a multi-agency Training Offer, topic based “briefing” sessions, workshops and conferences (local and regional). The Training Offer includes core safeguarding training as well as a variety of additional topic-based 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 in the training section of this 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 LSCP Training for Trainers course (or equivalent experience). By matching trainers according to agency, job role, skills and knowledge this approach allows the LSCP 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 LSCP 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.

Quality Assurance

The Learning and Development Quality Assurance Framework provides the basis for how the LSCP will ensure that it is able to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 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 LSCP as well as within Partner Agencies Annual reports to the LSCP. In addition, training will be included within LSCP 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 LSCP the framework identifies the processes used by the LSCP which are reported within the Annual Learning and Development Report, along with a trainer’s observation process which ensures the LSCP 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.

This strategy is due for review in 2021/22 to produce the 2022-25 strategy and will be updated on this webpage accordingly.

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