Workforce Development

To ensure that children and young people reach their potential and realise their ambitions it is vital that we have a workforce that is skilled, well-led and properly supported.

We believe that to achieve effective change and to improve service delivery practitioners need to be well-informed and feel confident in their ability to carry out their responsibilties. This means having effective processes in place, shared systems of support and a collective understanding of what's needed and how to meet that need. As a sector we need to be able to work effectively together across institutional and professional boundaries with a common focus on meeting the needs of children, young people and their families.

How we support workforce development

Much of our work is focused specifically around achieving these aims. Using the insight we gain working with strategic leads and frontline practitioners we develop practical guidance, bespoke training packages and toolkits and templates to help replicate good practice. We encourage collaborative learning comunities that strengthen relationships within multi-agency networks. Most importantly we work alongside parent carers and children and young people to ensure they are have a voice and influence over the way their services are delivered.

Have a look at some of the opportunities we can offer:

  • Training: Our training focuses on equipping people to respond to changes in both national and local contexts. We have sessions on EHC plans, outcomes and aspirations, inclusion, mental capacity and social care. Have a look at what events are coming up or book a session and we'll come to you.
  • Contracts: A key part of our work with the Department for Education and the Department of Health is to provide dedicated support, one-to-one advice and training to frontline practitioners implementing the reforms. As such we have a whole host of free training which you can find on our e-learning platform and listed on our menu of support here.
  • Consultancy: Through our consultancy work we can provide sustained work to support your region, local area, service, school or setting to review provision or to develop a particular area of practice.
  • E-Learning and online communities: We have a range of free e-learning sessions for parents, health practitioners and front-line staff and we host an online forum for Designated Medical Officers.
  • Events and conferences: We host regular seminars and conferences that provide opportunities for practitioners to reflect on practice and share learning. Our speakers offer extensive knowledge across education, health, care and participation and enables participants to benefit from diverse perspective.
  • Resources: And of course we have our library of resources featuring practical guidance, toolkits and templates produced by our expert policy team and other leading SEND organisations from across the sector.