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This chapter was updated in April 2017.

It is the responsibility of local authorities and their partners in Children's Trusts/Area Partnerships and the Health and Wellbeing Board
to ensure that workforce strategies include systems for delivering single agency and inter-agency training on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Single Agency Training

It is the responsibility of individual employers to ensure that:

  • Their staff are competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children's welfare;
  • Their staff are aware of how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns and that this knowledge is put in place before employees attend inter-agency training;
  • All those in contact or working with children and young people and/or with adults who are parents have a mandatory induction which includes familiarisation with their child protection responsibilities and the policies and procedures to be followed if they have concerns about a child’ safety or welfare;
  • There is a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, identifying opportunities to draw on what works and promote good practice;
  • Their staff are appropriately trained in line with the Cambridgeshire / Peterborough LSCB Training Practice Guidance;
  • Their staff, including administrative staff, are given opportunities to attend local courses in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children;
  • Appropriately qualified staff undertaking specialist roles receive the necessary specialist training supported by a formal record of attendance and satisfactory completion of programmes;
  • All professionals have regular reviews of their own practice to ensure they improve over time.

Interagency Training

It is the responsibility of individual employers to ensure that:

  • There are adequate resources and support for inter-agency training through:
    • Providing staff who have the relevant experience to sit on the LSCB training sub group;
    • Allocating time to complete inter-agency training tasks effectively;
    • Releasing staff to attend the appropriate inter-agency training courses;
    • Ensuring that staff receive single agency training that enables them to maximise the learning derived from inter-agency training, and have opportunities to consolidate their learning;
    • Contributing to the planning, resourcing, delivery and evaluation of training;
    • For designated Trainers for the LSCBs to adhere to the Cambridgeshire/ Peterborough LSCB Training Standards and Principals.

The role of the LSCB as part of its policy and procedure function is to:

  • Ensure the identification of training needs in relation to safeguarding children across all agencies working with children and their families;
  • Ensure these training needs inform the development of the LSCB’s Workforce Strategy;
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The LSCB will ensure that a member of the Business Committee has lead responsibility for training. This lead member will establish and chair a training sub-group and ensure that the work of the group is informed by the priorities of the LSCB work programme.

The training sub group will consist of representatives from key agencies. They must have sufficient knowledge of training needs and processes to enable them to make informed contributions to the development and evaluation of the training strategy.

The responsibility of the training sub group will be:

  • Identify training needs and develop a strategy for meeting these on a single agency and inter-agency basis;
  • Ensure that the strategy leads to the provision of appropriate training for all identified Working Together (2015) Groups;
  • Develop and implement the LSCB's Training, Development and Workforce Strategy Action Plan;
  • Review the provision of appropriate single agency and inter/multi-agency training and development;
  • Quality assure the design, content and delivery of single agency and inter/multi-agency courses on safeguarding children and promoting welfare;
  • Support the children’s safeguarding performance information framework to: include children and families views within LSCB training to improve practice, monitor practitioner views and measure the impact of multi-agency training on practice;
  • Report to the LSCB Business Committee and Board, as appropriate, on workforce development needs and issues, contributing to the Annual LSCB Report;
  • Ensure alignment with, and effective contribution to the LSCB Strategic Business Plan;
  • Approve SCR action plans with regards to training and development needs.

The LSCB expects that all training relating to the safeguarding of children will:

  • Be delivered by trainers who are knowledgeable about safeguarding (which includes child protection) and promoting the welfare of children. When delivering training on complex areas of work, trainers should have the relevant specialist knowledge and skills;
  • Be delivered by trainers who have completed a training for trainers programme or professional equivalent;
  • Be informed by current research evidence, lessons from serious case and child death reviews, and local and national policy and practice developments;
  • Be consistent with the local LSCB procedures and protocols;
  • Reflect an understanding of the rights of the child, and be informed by an active respect for diversity and the experience of service users and a commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity;
  • Where possible and relevant involve children, young people and their parents/carers in the design, delivery and/or evaluation; and
  • Be regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure that it meets the agreed learning outcomes and has a positive impact in practice.