The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub is a multi-agency space where practitioners come together to consider safeguarding practice – what is working well, and where there may be challenges in terms of inter-agency working
The Learning Hub model was developed by Bexley Safeguarding Children’s Board (BSCB) in 2016 to aid in connecting the safeguarding partnership leaders with frontline safeguarding practice. The Learning Hub was included in Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s arrangements when the new partnership was established in October 2018
The Learning Hub brings together the views of children and families, as well as the professionals that work with them, to continually improve services for Bexley’s most vulnerable children.
The Learning Hub is made up of nominated members representing Bexley’s relevant agencies. Each Learning Hub focuses on a specific practice priority over a 4-month cycle. Activities include multi-agency auditing and feedback events with children, families, and practitioners.
The Learning Hub has been evaluated with positive commendations, in the following ways:
- By independent evaluation by Nigel Richardson in 2017 (commissioned by Bexley Safeguarding Children’s Board)
- As part of the Department for Education’s Early Adopter programme in 2018 by the University of Bedfordshire with reporting to the National Children’s Bureau
- By Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s independent scrutineer, Jenny Pearce, in 2023.
A 7-minute briefing was produced in October 2023 which sets out the Learning Hub model in more detail: