Key Information

This page contains key information to support you in your learning journey with Children’s Social Care in Devon.

What are the services learning expectations?
A strong commitment to learning and development from staff, managers and the service is central to achieving the highest standards of practice across the organisation. To support this commitment Children’s Social Care has created a set of expectations – Statement of Expectations

How do I book on a course?
We use the council’s online booking system DEL –Visit the DEL log on page . This is the same website that hosts the council’s e-learning packages.

Please note that permanent DCC staff will be prioritised for courses that are part of the Academy provision. Students on a placement with Devon will only be able to access the training if places become available (i.e. online bookings might be rejected, with the candidate being placed on the waiting list and notified if a place becomes available).

What courses are available?
You can check for current course availability by searching the Course Category ‘Childrens social care’ in DEL Alternatively you can review The Academy’s calendar on our Sharepoint pages (internal staff only).

What if I can’t attend that date or the course is full?
There are 2 waiting list options in DEL:
1. You can put yourself on the waiting list for a full course for that specific date/ venue. If a place becomes available you will automatically be added.
2. If you can’t do any of the available course dates or all courses are full you can put your name on the waiting list for the course, rather than 1 specific date.

What if I can no longer attend a course?
On average a third of people on our courses do not attend. This represents a significant loss to the service and to the children and families we support. (Cancellation policy currently under review).

What other learning opportunities are available?

The Academy Sharepoint Site   – The Academy has a number of internal learning resources available to staff on this site.

Research in Practice (RIP) – We have organisational membership to RiP. RiP is a leader in its field, offering high quality resources and essential information to support you in your role.

Devon Children and Families Partnership  – (formally the DSCB). The partnership offer a wealth of learning resources as well as essential face to face learning opportunities to support you in your role  visit here and look under the ‘Training’ and ‘Workers’ tab for full details. All courses provided by The Partnership are free of charge to staff in Children’s Social Care.

NSPCC – NSPCC knowledge and information service have an excellent free knowledge and information service to support you in keeping up to date and ensure your practice is evidence informed.