ESB has always been recognised and actively involved in the strategic bodies concerned with CD and CDL, from Paulo, LLUK, and LSIS when they existed.

Historically, the ESB has been active in designing the revised Learning and Qualification framework for CD in England and in developing the different learning routes within this framework, such as the qualifications within the original QCF framework, Recognition and HE programmes. The Board is continually examining the changing context for CDL and incorporating the practical outcomes of its strategic work into its organisational practice. ESB is involved in the regular updating of the HEI benchmark statements for youth and community.

ESB is currently looking to rewrite the Learning and Qualifications framework and is exploring how this could link with a complementary one for youth work. The implications of the Sainsbury review for the provision of HE programmes is also currently being considered.