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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Completed Projects

Evaluating Inter-professional Training for Safeguarding Children

A research project of the Department of Sociology.


Official inquiries into the deaths of children following abuse, policy guidance and research reviews have consistently advocated that professionals concerned with safeguarding children should learn together to work together (DH, 1999). Since April 2006, such training is the responsibility of multi-agency Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LCSBs); however, this is no satisfactory evidence-base for this training and its implementation. This project aims to make a substantial, methodologically rigorous contribution to this missing information and thereby inform the future development of training strategies and the commissioning of training.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • The Outcomes Of Interprofessional Training (£6136.00 from DFES)


The study will employ a participatory approach, working with eight LCSBs in England to evaluate the context and outcomes of their training programmes delivered in 2007/8. Training courses will be mapped and a range of carefully defined learning outcomes assessed using controlled experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The implementation of learning will be investigated through questionnaire responses using a standardised measure with trainees at follow up, and through interviews with agency managers designed to assess organisational climate and culture. The comprehensive costs to different agencies of providing and participating in training will be calculated.


From the Department of Sociology