Training Competency and Evaluation Strategy
The Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) 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 WSCP Training Officer.
WSCP 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. The framework will be reviewed in November 2022, or at the point there are any significant changes to expectations of training.
Click on the image below to see the competency framework.
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. In October 2016 a new three stage evaluation process was introduced:
- 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.
With changes in the format of training delivery, and the subsequent reduction in face to face training, this evaluation process continues to be reviewed. However attendees are still required to complete feedback at the end of a session and follow up feedback is sought via a Teams form.
Evaluation Reports on Training
Training reports and focus group reports are archived after a year.
Evaluation of trainers and training materials
Alongside the evaluation of learning from the training the WSCP 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.