Safeguarding Supervision for Managers

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This 12-hour course helps structure and approach supervision using an established supervision model to empower staff and focus on the experience and progress of young people. Designed by highly experienced senior managers, the course addresses key dilemmas in balancing the needs of the organisation, the employee and the young people to create a different kind of conversation which both supervisees and supervisors find effective.

This page contains all the information you will need on the course with access arrangements, dates, materials to download and work to complete between sessions. We will also upload the recorded sessions to this page shortly after the training – you are able to watch a maximum of two recorded sessions and still complete the course.

Please explore the toggled sections below for more information.

Welcome to the course.

You will find all the resources you need here to complete the course.

We hope you find it useful.

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Learning aim

This 12-hour course aims to equip supervisors with the skills and confidence to support and challenge workers to better understand risk and the quality of work being undertaken with children and young people in residential care.

Learning outcomes

Supervisors will:

  • understand the principles behind supervision models
  • recognise and apply reflective supervision
  • undertake dynamic risk assessment during supervision
  • create clear, focused and reviewable plans and actions

The course is run on the Zoom platform. There may be YouTube videos.

If you’re not familiar with Zoom you may find the following videos helpful before the course. It is reasonably intuitive, so you should not worry. We will also move you into small groups and may ask you to vote on questions – these instructions will appear clearly on your screen.

Being involved – our courses are pretty relaxed, interactive and work best when there are lots of questions. Please feel free to chip in during a gap, use the ‘raise your hand’ button or put a question in chat at any time. Chat is one of the assets of using Zoom as it makes sure you can get your question in. Our trainers try to avoid reading the chat when they’re speaking, but do look at very regular intervals and should come back to your question. If they’ve missed it please chip in or ‘raise your hand’.

Video and sound – We like to see you! It’s good for the trainer to be able to gauge the reaction of the group and that everyone is engaged with the training. Do check your background prior to going live to make sure there’s nothing that might embarrass you. There is a function in Zoom to hide your background if you wish. Ultimately, if you really cannot face having the video on this is ok. Please mute your sound unless you want to speak so that background noise does not affect everyone else – the trainer may mute everyone if there is interference. Don’t forget to turn it on before speaking!

Doing other work/dealing with other issues/breaks – safeguarding is important training. If you miss key elements of the course you may miss an opportunity to intervene to keep a child safe so you should not be doing other work while the course is running. We recognise that people are working from home and this brings its own challenges. If you need to respond to something please do, but where possible try to limit this to the breaks. During breaks you should take an opportunity to be away from the computer screen where you can. Feel free to bring back coffee and cake!

If you need to leave the course please let the trainer know why using a private chat. The subject material can be difficult and it is important to look after yourself. We can point you to helpful sources of support during the breaks or after the course.

Problems accessing the course If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom platform on the day, please contact or contact us on 01803 493030. We will do our best to help you join, although we do not offer technical support.

The waiting room will be open 10 minutes prior to the start of the course. If you are coming in place of someone please Private Message the trainer at the start of the course. Otherwise, please ensure the name on your Zoom is the name you have registered with (see above if you need to change this).

To start each of the sessions, please click the launch button in the left column. If you have problems joining check the advice on using Zoom and troubleshooting options above. If you require them, the Meeting ID and Password are:

Meeting ID: 872 9626 5500
Password: 454054

If you have difficulty logging on read our Zoom guidance, above.

If you are unable to make one of the sessions please contact or telephone 01803 493030.

Recording sessions – The sessions may be recorded for the purpose of enabling participants to review content and to catch up on a session if it is missed. It will only be accessible to the trainers and participants on the relevant session and a link will be emailed to participants who missed the session by 24 hours after the event. The recordings will be deleted three weeks after the end of the course and will not be used for any other purpose. By joining the course you are consenting to the recording for these purposes. For further information please visit

Aims of session – give participants the opportunity to understand and engage with the course and with each other; agree a working definition of supervision applicable to their working context, and explore how good supervision supports legal, policy, and professional responsibilities to safeguard children and young people and adults at risk; explore a working model to ground this and provide a framework for the future

9:30   Introduction, aims and expectations

9:45   What Is Supervision? agreeing on a definition

10:15   What is Safeguarding? Exploring legal and professional understanding

11:00  Break

11:15   A model for understanding and delivering effective safeguarding supervision

11:45  Understanding what drives your supervisory style and experience

12:30  Close

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word logoHANDOUT 1 Supervision-History 05.10.23

Exercise between sessions

Click to download your supervision history template

Reading: The Games People Play

Please click here to download a copy of the presentation slides for this session:

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Aims of session: Further reflect on professional experience and begin to develop use of the  4 x 4 x 4 framework and the 7 elements of effective supervision; put in place effective supervision contracts with supervisees, develop a confident approach to supervision; ; start to explore supervision dynamics and to manage ‘game playing’ in the supervisory relationship

9.30    Recap

10.00   Supervision Contract/agreement

10.30   Psychological Contract

11   break

11.10    Games People Play and the Drama Triangle

12 .30  Finish


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word logoThe-Karpman-Drama-Triangle

5-Step-Planning-Safeguarding-Supervision (1)

Exercises between sessions

The following documents are useful reading for next session on transactional analysis:

Click here to download the case study

Click here for a copy of presentation slides SS RESsession2

Session 3 Develop Safeguarding Supervision skills

Aims: Further explore the use of ecological transactional analysis and practice skills in managing supervision to promote good safeguarding behaviour and outcomes for children and adults at risk

9.30   Recap on 4x4x4 model and the learning cycle including on-line self-assessment

11.00  break

11.15   Managing stuck or oppositional behaviour in supervision – strategies for success

12.30  Close


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The handouts for todays session are:

Session 4: Understanding and managing external system issues

Aims: consider how safeguarding supervision is impacted by the wider system and how to manage this within the supervisory relationship; using supervision as a tool to manage performance; keeping outcomes at the core of discussion; find your inner coach and creator to drive future professional development

9.30    Recap and wider system issues – local and national context

9.45   Professional Judgement – using the vulnerability and risk matrix in supervision

10.15   Dealing with feedback and criticism – nurture your inner creator and coach

11.00   break

11.15    consolidate your learning – quiz!

12.00   self -evaluation

12.30   close


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word logoSS Handout resilience matrix October 23

word logoSS Handout 14 Open questions October 23

The handouts for todays session are:

5 Step Planning – Safeguarding Supervision

Your feedback is important – if you could please take a few minutes to complete our online evaluation, we’d be grateful. The feedback form is designed as a self-evaluation: your time on the course is valuable and we should be able to recognise changes for young people as a result. Please think about the impact of the training, what worked well and what we can improve futher.

Your certificate will be sent to you soon after completion of the self-evaluation.

Enter the date of the course as the date of the first session. For the question on ‘venue’, please comment on the ease of access and use of technology.