12.4 Supervision and Management of Staff
This policy was last reviewed in March 2021
Date of next review March 2023
Chapter 2 of Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out the arrangements organisations should have to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These include the requirement of employers to provide ‘appropriate supervision and support for staff to ensure that staff are:
Effective supervision is important to promote good standards of practice.
Working to ensure children are protected from harm requires sound professional judgements to be made. It is demanding work that can be distressing and stressful. All of those involved should have access to advice and support from, for example, peers, managers, named and designated professionals
Supervision can be delivered as regular one to one meetings, catch-ups/ad hoc, 1:1s, group supervision (single and multi-agency) and peer supervision.
Those providing supervision should be trained in supervision skills and have an up to date knowledge of the legislation, policy and research relevant to safeguarding and promoting children's welfare. Effective supervision will take an anti-discriminatory approach and recognise equality and diversity issues appropriately.
The arrangements for how supervision is organised and delivered will vary from agency to agency, but all agencies should ensure:
With respect to individual cases, safeguarding supervision helps practitioners to keep a focus on the child’s needs, the risks posed by adults (or other children), to avoid delay in action, to maintain objectivity and to address the emotional impact of the work.
Good quality supervision can help to:
Safeguarding Partnership Commitment
The Safeguarding Partnership is responsible for ensuring the overall provision of a robust safeguarding supervision process across all partners and will monitor this through a variety of mechanisms, including: