Supervision for Supervisors in CAFCASS (HofP’s)

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About this course:

This programme was originally designed for staff supervising front line practitioners. It aims to provide participants with the skills required to deliver effective supervision with a focus on tools and methods for supervising complex practice. As Heads of Practice, you supervise the supervisors of the front line practitioners so you will have a different lens. One of the intentions of the programme is that there is a consistent approach to supervision within the organisation.

There will be an expectation that participants complete tasks between Parts 1 & 2 of the training and actively reflect on their supervisory practice.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the programme participants will have been given the opportunity to:

  • Understand the importance and key elements of effective supervision in children’s social care and recognize the impact of supervision on outcomes for children.
  • Identify the four key functions of supervision and be clear about the stakeholders in supervision.
  • Understand the influence of supervision histories both on the supervisor and the supervisee.
  • Consider the role of supervision throughout the stages of professional development from newly qualified to experienced practitioner.
  • Understand how to promote reflection and the effective analysis of information throughout the assessment and planning process and how to record the decision-making process.
  • Use supervision to enable supervisees to critically appraise their practice.
  • Be aware of how to positively manage the impact of child care work, enabling emotions to be used to enrich thinking and support safe practice.
  • Use tools to help staff evaluate and analyse information to inform decision making and risk management.

Core aspects of this model of supervision are:

  • Recognition that supervision makes a difference to outcomes
  • The importance of the supervisory relationship
  • The role of the supervision agreement as a foundation for the relationship
  • The interrelationship between feelings thoughts and action
  • The role of the supervision cycle in promoting reflective practice, critical thinking and defensible (recorded) decision making.