Devon Children’s Trust Integrated Supervision Framework and Guidance
Vision and mandate for the Children’s Trust Workforce Commissioning Board
Supervision must be ‘’open and supportive, focussing on quality decisions, good risk analysis and improving outcomes for children rather than meeting targets’’ (Laming, 2009). It is our priority to value and support the process, recognising the critical influence of supervision on transforming practice, building a resilient workforce, supporting change and safeguarding children and young people.
To this end, all partners will:
- Promote a positive organisational culture that values learning, analytical, critical and reflective thinking in practice;
- Commit to a model of supervision that is based on shared responsibility, drawing on a multiplicity of sources;
- Set out supervision arrangements in a clear contract which is negotiated and reviewed, and which includes regular, uninterrupted, structured and recorded sessions;
- Report to the Children’s Trust on supervision arrangements for specified roles directly involved in safeguarding and integrated working.
Working definition of supervision
'Supervision must enable and support workers to build effective professional relationships, develop good practice, and exercise both professional judgement and discretion in decision-making. For supervision to be effective it needs to combine a performance management approach with a dynamic, empowering and enabling supervisory relationship. Supervision should improve the quality of practice, support the development of integrated working and ensure continuing professional development'.
Resources to Support Devon Children’s Trust Supervision
- Supervision – core purpose and guiding principles
- Framework for an Integrated Approach to Supervision
- Model for an Integrated Approach to Supervision
- What supervision arrangements do Devon Children’s Trust partner agencies currently have in place?
- Templates to support supervision
- Tools to support supervision
- Prompts/Guidance for supervision sessions. Includes:
- What does integrated working look like?
- What are important partnership behaviours?
- How do we promote Safeguarding?
- Skills for Care/CWDC
- Supervision – examples of good practice
- Shadowing guidance
- Is yours a Learning Organisation
- Literature used to inform the Devon Children’s Trust supervision project