Safeguarding Supervision for Child Protection Professionals:

Learn to provide effective supervision, improving the safety of decisions and practice for professionals and clients


The supervision of professionals working within children’s services is considered an essential part of safeguarding children (Standard 5 – Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Young People, DoH 2019).  Whether you work in the public, private or voluntary sector, this principle remains the same.

Safeguarding supervision is a formal process that promotes good standards of practice, improving the safety and protection from harm of children and young people.  Exploration of individual and collective practice through skilled professional supervision has a significant impact on professional judgements and decision making.

Effective safeguarding supervision reduces risk to children and young people while identifying their needs. Safeguarding supervision also helps front-line practitioners to provide high-quality care, risk analyses and individual action plans.”  (Warren, L 2018)

The Trainer – Wendy Thorogood

With an acclaimed career in children’s nursing, much of it spent with a special interest in safeguarding and child protection, Wendy Thorogood is the ideal trainer for this area.  Wendy has over 10 years of supervision experience enabling practitioners to establish, maintain and improve standards of working. Her combination of safeguarding expertise which has come from practice, and her supervision skills, ensure candidates complete their training with a knowledge base that is ready to be applied to practice.

Course Outline*

The three functions of supervision – Accountability, Development and Support (restorative)

Definitions, purpose and function of supervision

Benefits and challenges if supervision

The impact of values, beliefs, attitudes and judgements on practice

Using a reflective practice model to problem solve

Identify the link between robust supervision and performance

Explore the relationship between supervision, practice and client outcomes

*if you wish to book a course solely for practitioners within your organisation, the course outline can be tailored to meet your individual requirements. Please contact [email protected] if this is the case.

How will the course be delivered?

The training will be delivered over 4 sessions of 4 hours, each 1 month apart.  Space between sessions is necessary to allow delegates to practice the skills they learn before they move on to the next stage of the training.

The final session will be a review of the training and will cover any aspects that need further clarification as a result of delegates beginning to use their new safeguarding supervision skills.

The three modules are divided up as follows and will explore the 3 main models of supervision:

Day 1:  The Active Intrusive Model

Day 2:  The Active Reflective Model

Day 3: The Passive Avoidant Model