Supervising to Safeguard in Health Organisations – 2 day programme


Serious case reviews have consistently highlighted the crucial role that health professionals play in identifying and responding to possible child abuse. Yet, delivering effective safeguarding supervision within both hospital and community settings can be challenging. Patients may move through the system swiftly, the primary patient may be the adult rather than the child and, they are likely to come into contact with several different members of staff.

Our model of supervision recognises the interdependence of management, support, development and mediation within the supervisory relationship, and provides a framework within which supervisors can achieve a balanced approach. The importance of the restorative (support function) and the impact of emotions on the critical thinking required for effective safeguarding is integral to the model, and it is therefore compatible with the restorative supervision approach being used elsewhere within the NHS.


This two day course is designed to assist participants to deliver a model of supervision that works within a health organisation and contributes towards keeping children safe from harm.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Understand what constitutes effective safeguarding supervision and its relationship to safe practice and positive outcomes for children
  • Consider lessons from practice, including serious case reviews, and the implication for supervision practice
  • Consider how emotions may impact on staff and decision making in child protection
  • Understand how best to help staff evaluate and analyse information and use this analysis to inform decision making in situations where there are concerns about the safety of a child
  • Use the supervision cycle, and understand how it can be used as a model to facilitate effective supervision in both formal and informal situations
  • Understand the role that the supervisor can play within the safeguarding system and at the interface with other organisations

See also Group Supervision here