The CJVSF Training and Development Group was established to bring together training and development professionals within CJVSF member organisations to share learning and collaborate on areas of common interest.   The group has the following objectives:

  • To map training needs and activities across CJVSF member organisations, in order to identify areas where skills needs/ gaps currently exist
  • To use the mapping exercise results to identify relevant opportunities for collaborating on training and development activities
  • To network and build relationships with individuals undertaking similar roles across CJVSF member organisations.

Following the completion of the mapping work, CJVSF members developed two pieces of collaborative work:

  • a Collaborative Induction Training Programme
  • a Shared Learning Programme

Further details about each of these are provided below.

Collaborative Induction Training Programme

The group identified a number of common core knowledge and skills areas where they are looking to develop their criminal justice workforce.   They therefore decided to bring together their collective resources and influence to develop a shared Induction Training Programme, which will strengthen core knowledge and skills across the sector and encourage debate about how to improve practice.

The intention is that the programme will be made up of four modules and the group is taking a pragmatic approach, developing and testing each module in steps. The first module was developed and tested in 2016 and will run again in 2017.  The module runs over two days: Day One provides an introduction to Adult Criminal Justice and Day Two covers Youth Justice.

The modules provide a high level introduction and the programme seeks to draw on the expertise across partners by making linkages to existing external resources/training activities where further, more in-depth training opportunities are identified that can supplement learning

Shared Learning Programme

The objectives of this Shared Learning Programme are to:

  • Raise awareness of the subject matter and the role of different CJVSF organisations
  • Test out a new, more collaborative approach to training provision amongst CJVSF members.

During the group’s discussions, it became apparent to the group members that there were a number of training days being run by the different CJVSF member organisations that could be opened up to other providers.  A protocol for accessing shared learning was drafted and in 2016/17, the Shared Learning Programme for 2016/17 ran, with contributions from 9 CJVSF members. These learning sessions were clustered around the following themes: Families, Behaviours, Children and Young People, Barriers to Integration and Communities.

Further shared learning sessions are being planned for 2017/18.