SCIE media statement

Department for Education funds SCIE’s approach to learning in child protection

25 February 2011

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Barnardo’s and Office for Public Management (OPM) have today been awarded grant funding from the Department for Education to run training on SCIE’s approach to organisational learning in child protection.

The approach, called Learning Together, presents a ‘systems’ model of organisational learning that can be used across agencies involved in safeguarding and child protection work. The model, which has been successfully piloted in several areas, supports an analysis that goes beyond identifying what happened towards explaining why it happened and involves all services connected to a case. The answers can generate new ideas about how to improve practice, and so help keep children safe.

In welcoming the news of the successful bid, SCIE’s Deputy Chief Executive Amanda Edwards says:

We are delighted at the success of the partnership’s bid to DfE. It is a testament to the hunger in the sector for more effective ways of learning from practice to ensure the continual organisational improvement that children and families deserve.

This is the next stage in developing Learning Together. The funding will enable the partnership to train a number of reviewers who will be able to facilitate case reviews using the Learning Together model so a greater number of areas will be able to reap the benefits of a systems approach. A number of resources are already available on the model from the SCIE website, including a report, At a Glance briefings and two Social Care TV films.

We look forward to working with our partner organisations and with DfE to ensure the success of the Learning Together programme.


Notes to editors

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is an independent charity that works across the UK to improve care services by sharing knowledge about what works.  SCIE:

Barnardo’s works with more than 100,000 children, young people and their families in 415 specialised projects in communities across the UK.

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OPM is an independent centre for the development of public services, working with organisations that want to improve social outcomes, meet the needs of their communities and respond to change. Founded in 1989, OPM is a public interest company, operates on a not-for-profit basis and became fully employee-owned in 2006.

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