Supervision is vital for any designated safeguarding lead (DSL). It makes a huge difference to practice and really can’t be undervalued.
There are several types of supervision available, and it’s important you choose the right one for you. Below is a brief outline of each of the different types
Types of Supervision
Supervision is the process of overseeing the work of others and ensuring that they are performing their duties in accordance with the established policies and procedures. There are different types of supervision that are used in different situations. Here are the main types.
Clinical supervision is a type of supervision that is widely used in the healthcare industry. It is a process that is used to improve the quality of care that is provided to patients. In clinical supervision, the designated safeguarding lead is supervised by a more experienced clinician who provides guidance and feedback on the work that is being done.
Reflective supervision is a type of supervision that is used to help designated safeguarding leads reflect on their own practice. It is a process that helps them to think about the work that they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they can improve. In reflective supervision, the designated safeguarding lead is encouraged to think about their own feelings and reactions to the work that they are doing.
Administrative supervision is a type of supervision that is used to oversee the day to day operations of an organisation. In this type of supervision, the designated safeguarding lead is responsible for ensuring that all policies and procedures are being followed, that the staff is working efficiently, and that the organization is meeting its goals.
Peer supervision is a type of supervision that involves designated safeguarding leads working together to provide feedback and support to each other. In this type of supervision, the designated safeguarding leads are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from each other.
Within the Safeguarding Leaders Hub and the Safeguarding Association, we tend to use Reflective Supervision. It is my preferred method allows mentees to take time to review and reflect on their own practice and skills.
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