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Supervision Skills: Providing Effective Reflective Supervision (Windsor & Maidenhead)

Event/course Code SFVSS 19/133
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction This course is designed for supervisors who provide supervision to frontline staff. Providing the space and time to reflect on practice is a key driver for this provision, as stated in the Munro Review; ‘it is as though the confluence of the search for certainty in detecting and eradicating abuse and neglect, combined with the belief (and management oversight) that following rules will further reduce the risk of missing a case, has replaced the space of reflection on professional judgement which actually protect children and young people’ (Munro Review of Child, 2010).

This course will refresh supervisor’s skills and knowledge on how to provide effective supervision, the key qualities needed to enable staff to make critical judgements when safeguarding children and young people and how to enable effective reflective supervision. Supervision is an essential element of Social Care. Effective supervision is clearly linked to improved outcomes for service users.
Event Content This course will address the influence of supervision on outcomes for service users, looking at the supervisory cycle, various supervision tools and techniques and focus on critical reflection in supervision.

Serious Case Reviews, Ofsted evaluations and other audits frequently identify deficiencies in the quality of supervision. This is the advanced course for supervisors in the supervision training pathway, which aims to equip both supervisees and supervisors with practical tools to develop their own critical reflective and analytical skills and will draw heavily upon international research, good practice guidance and findings from local and national SCRs. Importantly participants will leave considering in very practical ways how AfC's Supervision Policy applies to them, their teams and service users.

Evidencing how important decisions are made is essential when working with vulnerable children and families. This series of workshops will provide participants with a more differential way of understanding the central importance of the supervisory relationship and its impact upon outcomes for service users. Each participant will leave with a clear understanding of how the supervisee and supervisor can accurately capture and record how they formulate professional judgments.

The sessions will be run by Richard Swann. Richard is currently an independent social care consultant and trainer. He has worked in the social care field for the past 18 years as a practitioner, manager and trainer. He has specialised in investigative, assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people at risk of harm. Richard will ensure that these sessions are inclusive and valuable, regardless if you work in schools, social care or a health or early years setting.

Delegates who have previously attended this training gave the following feedback:

“Excellent, thought provoking, eye opening and delivered well”

“It has enhanced my appreciation for the multifaceted nature of the way families operate and present themselves to professionals (voiced-unvoiced / visible-invisible). The explicit and implicit messages we receive and the way we make sense of these. What we choose to see/hear and don't.”

“I now have knowledge and understanding about how to line manage my supervisees, using effective reflective models to empower the supervisee to be a critical thinker.”
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

• Describe the elements of effective supervision and how it can contribute to good outcomes for children.
• Use supervision to enable supervisees to critically appraise their own practice.
• Explain the link between impact of work and effective practice.
• Positively manage the impact of protecting children, enabling emotions to be used to enrich thinking and support safe practice.
• Promote the effective analysis of information throughout the assessment and planning process.
Trainers Richard Swann
Course categories Safeguarding and Child Protection
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
Event/course administrator Jess Treloggan (
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 20 February 202009:30 - 16:30Maidenhead Project Centre, Maidenhead Project Centre, SL6 8BY
Session 2Friday 21 February 202009:30 - 16:30Maidenhead Project Centre, Maidenhead Project Centre, SL6 8BY