Safeguarding Supervision Training

The Supervision in Safeguarding training aims to equip supervisors with the skills and confidence to support and challenge staff to better understand risk and the quality of work being undertaken with children and families.

At its core, Safeguarding Supervision is about improving the lives of the children, young people and adults you work with, the experience of staff and volunteers, and the quality and purpose of the work of the organisation.


What is Supervision in Safeguarding


Supervision in safeguarding refers to the process of overseeing and managing activities related to the protection and welfare of children young people and adults at risk of harm and abuse.   It involves the monitoring, guidance and support provided to professionals, such as teachers, social workers, healthcare workers and others, who are responsible for identifying and addressing concerns about abuse, neglect, or exploitation.


It is also best practice for designated safeguarding leads, senior, middle managers and safeguarding teams to establish regular practice supervision. Supervision should take place at a protected time and within a safe environment. Safeguarding supervision should promote reflective practice and critical thinking to support and develop the knowledge and skills of others.

External professional supervision can provide that non-judgemental independent critical friend who can support you to make changes within your organisation.


What will I learn in the Safeguarding Supervision Training?

  • Identify the purpose of supervision, with reference to safeguarding work and defining supervision
  • Explain the different models of supervision and their relationship to practice and safeguarding outcomes
  • Understand the importance of supervision in safeguarding practice
  • Apply principles of adult learning to your own supervision practice
  • Practice supervisory skills and deliver group and/or individual supervision
  • Undertake dynamic risk assessment during supervision
  • Focusing on experience, reflection, analysis, critical thinking and action plans
  • Explore the potential benefits of group/individual supervision and the potential pitfalls of group/ individual supervision
  • To be able to apply reflective practice and solution-focused approaches to challenging decisions
  • Key tasks for supervision leads
  • Group supervision – getting the basics right
  • Responsibilities of group members: creating a safe environment
  • Working with group supervision, managing conflict and safe environments


Who Is Safeguarding Supervision Training For?

Safeguarding Supervision training's target audience can vary depending on the roles and responsibilities within the organisation. The course is designed for individuals or groups who are in a lead role in overseeing safeguarding activity in an organisation.


The training course would be suitable for:

  • Designated Safeguarding Officers / Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Directors
  • Regional and Senior Managers
  • Residential and Registered Managers
  • Social Work Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Clinical Leads
  • Safeguarding Teams
  • Volunteer Leaders / Coordinators

How Does Supervision Safeguarding Training Support Practice?


  • Supervision is part of good safeguarding practice.
  • Supervision is one of the most important relationships in managing safeguarding cases.
  • Staff and volunteers are entitled to the highest quality of individual or group supervision.
  • Everyone can use good supervision to promote change within an organisation.
  • Safeguarding supervision can be complex and a skilful process which can be learnt by undergoing effective supervision training.
  • Safeguarding supervision policies and guidelines support the quality of supervision sessions. It is about process and content.
  • Safeguarding supervisors must undergo training, support and supervision themselves. This is equally important for them to be up-skilled and be fully present and active when undertaking this role. They must have all the relevant information and preparation for their role.

How do you prepare for a supervision session in safeguarding?


Preparing for a safeguarding supervision session involves several key steps to ensure that the sessions are productive and effective.


Here is a guide to prepare yourself before a supervision session:

  • Protect sufficient Supervision time in calendars
  • Review relevant policies and procedures
  • Collect any information or documentation relating to the individual involved in safeguarding concerns.
  • Reflection on the previous session
  • Identify Issues and Concerns
  • Consider Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Prepare discussion points and questions
  • Consider any Challenges and Barriers
  • Consider Training and Support Needs
  • Ensure supervision sessions take place in a safe and supportive environment
  • Identify any follow-up actions or next steps
  • Assign responsibilities and deadlines where necessary

By following these steps, you can effectively prepare for a supervision session in safeguarding.


How to book this Training

To book this training course contact a friendly member of our team, who will talk you through the course outcomes and provide other relevant information regarding the course.


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