Children’s charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has launched a toolkit to help local safeguarding children boards evaluate their ability to protect youngsters on an inter-agency basis.
The move is aimed at helping training co-ordinators and administrators to assess how effective their training courses are and to help them make improvements.
Expert Sue Woolmore said the move was a response to a number of serious case reviews that had highlighted the importance of inter-agency working and would allow training co-ordinators to evaluate staff requirements.
“Ensuring value for money is vital for all LSCBs, so the toolkit is just what they need at exactly the right time,” she said.
“Connect, share, and learn is free to download and will either save them money or assure them that their training budget is being well spent, that it is really making a difference to child protection and isn’t simply ticking a box.”
The toolkit was developed by Professor John Carpenter and Dr Demi Patsios at the University of Bristol, and adapted for the Promoting inter-agency training partnership.
It is available as a set of downloadable questionnaires and an interactive spreadsheet available from www.nspcc.org.uk/piat