Training Development and Resources
Our Learning and Development Principles
All our learning and development is informed by shared values and embedded within a framework of quality assurance.
Principle 1: We understand and can apply evidence informed direct practice.
Principle 2: We promote and enable effective recruitment and retention and ensure social workers are able to confidently evidence HCPC registration requirements, the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS), our shared practice standards and are prepared for future registration expectations (NAAS).
Principle 3: Our shared continuing professional development will be active, collaborative and impact focused. Learning may not always be associated with direct course attendance, and identified development needs may be met through a range of different activities. Promotion of responsive and flexible approaches will be individual, team and organisation wide.
- Locality based practice based workshops.
- Coaching and mentoring within teams via the Academy
- Commissioned external courses.
- Specific development programmes on effective supervision and restorative practice management
- On line learning via Research in Practice
- Access to regional development forums and specific local learning opportunities via a growing partnership with Research in Practice
- Promotion and provision of self directed learning (books / research)
- Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) training
- Development of practitioner forums and identification of learning needs via team needs analysis.
- Promotion of Advanced Practitioner and Senior Social Worker led team based learning sets, informed by external training or key practice development areas identified through performance surgeries, audit, local issues or individual need.
- Continued provision of targeted support and challenge via Consultant and Principal Social Worker links to localities and teams and facilitation of learning opportunities, ‘pop-up’ events, observed practice and co-production with practitioners and young people.
It is a mandatory requirement that all workers are fully trained and keep up to date with child protection training. The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) commissions, monitors and evaluates multi-agency training for a variety of frontline staff who work with children and young people.
The training is an integral part of continuing social worker development, and discussion is required on a regular basis in supervision and staff appraisals to ensure workers are undertaking inter-agency GSCB training, alongside other mandatory/essential training detailed in this training programme.
Social Workers, Senior Social Workers, Advanced Practitioners, Managers, Service Leads and Heads of Service are required to confirm revision and update of GSCB training every three years, via the Advanced Practitioner two-day course and/or ½ day revision updates.
Research in Practice
Research in Practice aims to enable safer decision-making, more effective resource allocation and robust child-centred practice. Their work brings together academic research, practice expertise and the evidence of children and families' experiences engaging with services. They then apply this knowledge to a range of resources and learning opportunities to support professionals’ efforts to improve the lives of children and families. Increasing links with RiP as our Academy Partner will be developed during 2019 and 2020. Existing regional development events and local tailored support events will be incorporated into the Academy curriculum. Find more information or login/create your RiP account at www.rip.org.uk.
Skills for Care and Development
Skills for Care and Development (SfC&D) is the sector skills council for people working in early years, children and young people's services, and those working in social work and social care for adults and children in the UK. This fully informs and regulates our current ASYE programme, ensuring our local quality assurance activities feed into national networks and expectations about evaluation, feedback and improvement. Find out more here.
Our service is made up of smaller teams, enabling our Team Managers to provide regular supervision and mentoring for our Social Workers. Our teams also include an Advanced Practitioner who will work with Social Workers to improve practice and challenge within a supportive environment.
Information and guides for phones, laptops, apps
Gloucestershire Children’s Services are committed to providing the best support to social workers and related professions. This includes making use of ICT and other technologies to ensure that we minimize bureaucracy and maximize the opportunity for flexible and mobile working.
Samsung Notes are available for staff to use.
Procedures and resources
It is important that procedures are there to support good practice in an increasingly complex legislative framework. Our procedures have clarity and authority in areas where there is a clear statutory obligation, yet also encourage creativity and best practice.