The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is facilitating the ‘Safeguarding Early Adopters’ programme on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) with the Department of Health & Social Care and the Home Office.
NCB will work with the 17 Early Adopter (EA) sites as they put in place new arrangements for multi-agency safeguarding. Through shared learning and peer support, NCB will facilitate the development of a ‘community of practice’ where Early Adopters are supported to share effective and sustainable solutions and ultimately support the national implementation of effective multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.
The facilitator programme framework is focused on three key areas:
- Learning and development: supporting the development and testing of new approaches to multi-agency safeguarding arrangements;
- Research and evaluation: identifying effective areas of practice and building an evidence base to facilitate future successful partnerships;
- Dissemination of learning: developing principles for practice in relation to multi-agency safeguarding arrangements and disseminating key learning from the EA sites.
Each key area will include a range of support and activity for the EA sites.
Learning and development
- Host and facilitate an online community of practice forum for the EA sites.
- Facilitate three Learning and Development workshops to enable EA site project teams to:
- Share learning from the solutions being tested;
- Engage with peer support and constructive challenge between EAs working on similar themes;
- Engage with the research and evaluation activity across the programme including contributing to the data analysis and developing the national evidence base.
Research and evaluation
- Develop and disseminate an evaluation framework to EA sites including a range of approaches such as:
- Surveys – baseline and follow-up
- Data collection and monitoring support
- Development of outcome measures
- Call for evidence/effective practice examples with EA sites
- Identify and demonstrate emerging learning and progress through a series of visits to key EA sites.
- Develop a common assessment framework to identify areas of innovation, effective practice and key principles within the implementation process.
Dissemination of learning
- Support ongoing engagement with activity from the EA sites through organising learning and dissemination activities such as:
- Sharing relevant news, updates, best practice and case studies from EAs through quarterly news bulletins;
- Support EA sites to develop blogs to share learning across the community of practice and to external stakeholders;
- Hold a national learning event to share the learning from the programme with key stakeholders.
The overview of learning themes document sets out the range of themes and approaches Early Adopters are developing and testing, and can be downloaded here.
The main report will be published in July 2019.
As well as a series of practice briefings highlighting key issues, challenges and implications for practice for those working in social work and early help, police and criminal justice, health, and education.