Multi-agency training is an effective way of bringing together professionals from different agencies to gain a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities for safeguarding and protecting children and young people.

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership offers an extensive range of training courses to individuals and agencies who have a responsibility for safeguarding children. Courses are facilitated by the partnership's multi-agency training officer with input from a number of external facilitators, who are commissioned to provide training on behalf of the partnership.

We provide both face to face and e-learning opportunities.

Training programme

The current programme of scheduled training courses, with information about learning outcomes for each course is set out in the training and events calendar.

Training strategy

The current training strategy and plan sets out our vision, values, principles and aims and objectives in developing and delivering the multi-agency training programme.

The strategy identifies the staff groupings in relation to each course. Safeguarding and learning needs of employees are identified within six groupings which depend on an individual's role, level of responsibility and the extent of their contact with children. 

Evaluating multi-agency training

We are strongly committed to providing effective value for money training but we also need to understand where our activities make a difference both to improvements in practice and more importantly, to outcomes for children and families. Measuring the impact of multi-agency training to see what difference it is making is a challenge, but all our evaluation and impact measures continually address the following questions in order to turn feedback into progress and improvement: How much are we doing? How well are we doing it? Is it making a difference? 

This guidance for managers has been developed to help us promote the unique benefits of multi-agency training in terms of staff development and transfer to improved practice and outcomes. It details the research findings around the importance of management support in order that messages from training are embedded in practice and the evaluation method we use to measure the impact of Safeguarding Training, and how it is making a difference to the lives of children and families.

Shadowing opportunities

We encourage staff to find opportunities to shadow the work of colleagues in partner agencies. Children's Social Care offer colleagues in partner agencies such as health visitors, adult mental health workers etc the chance to shadow social workers with a view to increasing mutual understanding of roles and responsibilities.

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