12.4 Supervision and Management of Staff
Following the publication of Working Together 2018 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) will be disbanded over the next year. The Safeguarding Partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups) must make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies (as they consider appropriate) to safeguard and protect the welfare of children in the area. This page will be updated with these new arrangements when they are published later this year.
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.
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 the welfare of children.
For many practitioners involved in day-to-day work with children and families, effective supervision is important to promote good standards of practice and to supporting individual staff members. The arrangements for how supervision is organised and delivered will vary from agency to agency but there are some key essential elements. It should:
Good quality supervision can help to: