It is a requirement for all Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) under Working Together (2015) to have a Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF) which is shared across local organisations who work with children and families. It should enable organisations to be clear about their responsibilities, to learn from experience and improve services as a result, covering the full range of reviews and audits which are aimed at driving improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
In Sutton, the LIF has a LSCB multi-agency learning and improvement plan which is based on the LSCB business plan and incorporates recommendations from recent Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and themes extracted from past local reviews and national SCRs, including SCRs into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The LIF is owned by the LSCB Learning and Development subgroup and endorsed by the LSCB Quality Assurance (QA) subgroup. It applies to all LSCB partners and child safeguarding partnership working whilst some areas are specifically for individual agencies. It has objectives, clarifies expectations about roles and responsibilities and outlines the approach, methods and activities that will be undertaken to implement local learning and improvement priorities.