Learning And Development Subgroup

Workstream 4 Workforce Development

KRSCP is responsible for the development and delivery of multi-agency safeguarding training across the children’s workforce and to voluntary sector, community and religious groups. The Learning & Development Subgroup undertakes a regular training needs analysis and evaluations of local training. It links with adult safeguarding training across both boroughs, particularly in relation to mental health, Prevent, Contextual Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse. The subgroup leads on Conferences and has a pool of practitioners who deliver some of our local safeguarding training. Our Education Safeguarding Coordinator is part of this workforce development stream, providing education support and running DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) forums for our state maintained and independent schools.

The Learning and Development Subgroup is responsible for the identification, planning, delivery and evaluation of training to ensure all those coming into contact/working with children in the boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames are competent and up to date with current legislation and procedures to help them safeguard and promote the welfare of children effectively.

The subgroup ensures that policies and procedures are in place relating to training people who work with children and young people or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children. It oversees the provision and evaluation of safeguarding training across the children’s workforce in both boroughs. It also ensures that our learning and development activity takes account of developments in national and regional policy and practice, as well as relevant research, and provides advice to agencies on their in-house safeguarding training


  • Suzanne Parrott – Chair of the Learning and Development Subgroup and Head Teacher, Virtual School
  • Daksha Mistry – Learning and Development Manager, KRSCP
  • Claire Meadows – Professional Development Lead , Workforce Development – Achieving for Children
  • Jon Evans-Surbiton High School
  • Dorcas Andam- Named Nurse Kingston Hospital 
  • Heather Mathew- Richmond Voluntary Sector Representative
  • Karen Penny- Kingston Voluntary Sector Representative
  • Sara Doyle- AD for Safeguarding, AfC
  • Peter Cowley- ICT & Online Safety Adviser, AfC 
  • Debbie Ramsey- Lay Member 
  • Jill Chatwood-Your Healthcare
  • Kate Jennings- Richmond Public Health 
  • Lucy Chester- Early Years, AfC 
  • Maggie Nelson- Kingston Housing 
  • DI James Dickson Leach- Met Police SWL 
  • DS Lucie Canon- Met Police SWL

The 2020-21 Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) Learning and Development Annual Report by Daksha Mistry, our KRSCP Learning and Development Manager, written on behalf of the Subgroup may be downloaded here

Supporting young people going through a mental health crisis
Please find below useful info about supporting young people in a crisis from Health Education England

Unsure about how you can best help a young person going through a mental health crisis? 

HEE are delighted to announce with colleagues at Healthy Teen Minds the launch of mental health crisis learning resources.

These resources have been designed by young people, working with professionals too, allowing you to hear directly from them about what helps in a moment of crisis. The tools complement existing training and education. They aim to build an individual’s confidence to have effective conversations and provide personalised support to a young person in a mental crisis.

The short Crisis Tools learning guides HEE have supported are: 

We need to ensure this learning resource gets to the front line, especially to those who work in health and care, educational and emergency response settings. Please share these online tools with your networks.

Leading up to World Mental Health Day on 7 October 2021, you can join the Healthy Teen Minds online Crisis Tools celebration event

If you have any questions or queries, please contact mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk or Healthy Teen Minds.

Key messages 

  • This bitesize Crisis Tools learning resource will help address the urgent need for individuals working in a range of settings to have the awareness and confidence to support young people in a mental health crisis.

  • This is a co-produced learning resource developed with young people with lived experience, and triangulated with a national Virtual Advisory Network of clinical staff

  • This toolkit demonstrates how you can utilise your technical expertise in a relational and conversational style to ensure you can use your skills as a clinician most effectively. In this learning, Healthy Teen Minds brings the voice of the young person to you. They let you know what they want and need to hear in a mental health crisis.

  • The open access Crisis Tools are designed to complement existing training and education and it aims to develop general awareness and build confidence for individuals to have effective conversations and provide personalised support to young people in mental crisis

  • This open access toolkit has been designed based on the experiences of young people in mental health crisis

  • This open access toolkit is openly available to anyone who may encounter a young person in mental health crisis and enable them to have compassionate and supporting conversations

  • This open access toolkit will help individuals working health and care settings such as urgent and emergency, primary care or other mental health settings effectively communication and provide a young person in crisis with personalised support 

  • This open access toolkit will help individuals working education settings such as schools, colleges and universities provide a young person in crisis with personalised support 

  • This open access toolkit will help health and care learners working develop awareness and confidence if they were to provide a young person in crisis with personalised support

  • Individuals who engage with the tool kit can do so on a one-off basis, or create a simple profile allowing them to save their progress and download a certificate of completion for their CPD records.

  • Please share the Crisis Tools widely with colleagues and professional networks so we can ensure young people in mental health crisis get the right support. 

  • The open access toolkit creates the foundations of a national resource hub for staff who encounter young people in mental health crisis by coproducing with young people a number of learning guides and an introductory guide to staff supporting young people in crisis.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk.