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Safeguarding Supervision for Managers (Group 6)

Date(s) - 25/06/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ETS House

Target Group

All Managers who are in the position of providing supervision for staff who are working in the area of safeguarding and child protection


One day course for managers in providing safeguarding supervision for staff. Focus in on providing supportive challenge, maintaining professional curiosity and clear analysis and risk assessment to ensure effective decision making in clear complex cases.

Serious Case Reviews have highlighted the critical importance of high quality supervision in safeguarding and child protection to enable workers to make effective decisions in complex and challenging situations. The course will focus on the importance of remaining child focussed, providing supportive challenge, along with the need to maintain professional curiosity. Delegates will identify support needed to enable staff to undertake analysis and risk assessments which lead to effective decision making and action.

It will also explore the role of emotion and personal issues which may sometimes impact on the individual dealing with difficult and challenging issues. Strategies used to unblock cases will be discussed along with how the supervisor may decide which cases need to be discussed. The training will draw on material from serious case reviews, both local and national, and multi-agency case audits. The Devon and Torbay Children Boards agreed set of Child Protection Supervision Principles (2015) which are used across the agencies will be used to support the learning.

Training Objectives

At the end of the course Managers will be able to:

• Define effective supervision to be provided to staff working in safeguarding and child protection situations
• Promote effective multi-agency working during supervision
• Remain child focussed
• Identify how safeguarding/child protection supervision fits with organisational supervision polices and procedures
• Identify how good quality supervision contributes to effective safeguarding and child protection

All staff working with children will fall into one or more of the groups below:

Group 1 Staff in infrequent contact with children and/or parents/carers who may become aware of abuse or neglect
Group 2 Staff in regular, or periods of intense, contact with children and/or parents/carers who may identify concerns about the maltreatment of children and be part of Early Help activities
Group 3 Staff who work predominantly with children and/or parents/carers who contribute to assessments, planning, intervention and reviewing of needs and may be part of Early Help through to Child in Need activities
Group 4 Staff with particular responsibility for children subject to Section 47. or Children in Need
Group 5 Professional advisers, including designated safeguarding leads
Group 6 Operations managers at all levels, including those managing child protection units
Group 7 Senior managers responsible for strategic management of services
Group 8 Members of LSCBs, including members of sub-and working groups of LSCBs.


You must have the agreement of your Manager or funding agency to attend this course, unless you wish to attend in a self-funding capacity. Please note that if payment is not received for delegates from non-partner agencies 1 month before the course is due to run your place may be cancelled.

Please make yourself aware of the cancellation policy before booking a place as cancellations with less than 4 week’s notice from the course date will incur a charge unless a substitute is found.

Register to book a place.