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Training Competency and Evaluation Strategy

The WSCB are responsible for ensuring that high quality multi-agency safeguarding training is available for professionals to attend. The training function for Children’s Safeguarding is managed through the multi-agency Training Pool. The Pool is responsible for developing, reviewing, promoting and quality assuring training and providing a training pool of trainers drawn from the partnership. This process is supported by the WSCB Training Officer.

Competency Framework

WSCB publishes an  annual safeguarding training calendar. This calendar sits alongside the recently updated training competency framework for partner organisations.

The competency framework provides a baseline for standards of  competence that are expected from those individuals and organisations, across a range of sectors, that have a responsibility to ensure that the children, young people and adults they work with are sufficiently safeguarded. It also assists in the development of training packages and provides a framework for performance management. Partner organisations can use this framework to help them decide the relevance of training courses to particular staff groups and individuals. Click on the image to see the competency framework.

Multi-agency Training Competency V5 Nov 17


Training Evaluation

In 2015 it was agreed that a more in depth evaluation strategy was required in order to measure the effectiveness of the multi-agency training. Prior to this training has always been evaluated by professionals rating the course at its end on a scale of one to five—with five being excellent.

The new evaluation strategy has three stages:

  • At the end of the course professionals complete an initial evaluation which details what they have learnt from the training.
  • Three months after attending the course professionals complete a second evaluation which details how attendance at training has influenced practice and strategy in their organization.
  • Six months after attending the course a range of professionals attend a facilitated working group to evidence impact of training on outcomes for children and young people and adults vulnerable to abuse, and to feedback how effective the training has been.

Feedback from the working groups will inform the review of the training courses undertaken by the Training Pool.

This new training evaluation strategy has been implemented since October 2016.

Evaluation Reports on Training

2016 Reports

Training report to Domestic Abuse Committee November 2016

2017 Reports

Domestic Abuse Focus Group Report Jan 17 (2)

Training Report Lead Designated Person Training Jan 2017

Lead Designated Focus Group Report Jan 17

Training Report CSE Training Jan 2017

CSE Focus Group Report April 17 (2)

Training Report Parental mental Health Training Jan 2017

Parental Mental Health Focus Group Report March 17 (2)

Training Report Neglect Training March 2017

Neglect Focus Group Report March 17 (2)

Training Report Working Together Training April 2017

Working Together Focus Group Report May 17 (2)

Training Report Harmful Practices Training April 2017

Harmful Practices Focus Group Report May 17 (2)

Training Report Parental Substance Misuse Nov 2017

Training Report Managing Allegations Nov 2017

2018 Reports

Training Report CSE Training Jan 2018

CSE Focus Group report January 18

Training Report Parental Substance Misuse Jan 2018

Parental Substance Misuse Focus Group report jan 18

Training report Domestic Abuse Training February 2018

Training Report Neglect Training February 2018

Neglect Focus Group report February 18

Training Report Working Together Training Feb 2018

Working Together Focus Group Report February 18

Training Report Harmful Practices Training March 2018

Harmful Practices focus group Feb 18

Training Report SFEF Training Mar 2018v2

Combined SFEF focus group Jan-March 18

Evaluation of trainers and training materials

Alongside the evaluation of learning from the training the WSCB also needs to ensure that training is delivered to the highest standard. We currently have a large training pool of professionals who deliver the training within their area of expertise, with delivery being supported by the Training Officer. Each trainer has one live observation of delivery a year, with written feedback being given, highlighting areas of strength as well as areas for development. This process allows trainers to reflect on their own delivery skills and knowledge, away from the training room.

Training packages are reviewed yearly by the Training Pool to ensure materials are kept up to date and amended with any changes to processes and pathways