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Introduction and Purpose

Safeguarding supervision supports professionals to reflect critically on the impact of their decisions on the child and their family (Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018). ASPH recognises that safeguarding supervision is integral to providing an effective child centred service and that it has a responsibility to ensure that appropriate staff receive and deliver safeguarding supervision on a regular basis. All NHS Services are required to fulfill their legal duty under section 11 of the Children Act (2004) and statutory responsibilities as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018). Therefore, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children must be an integral part of the care offered to all children and their families by all health care professionals working within ASPH. This policy is supported by the ASPH Safeguarding Children’s Policy.

Safeguarding supervision has also the additional benefit of improving practice, helping prevent serious incidents which can potentially lead to long, expensive and stressful serious case reviews and public enquiries with their risk of negative impact on corporate morale and subsequent recruitment and retention problems for the organisations involved. Working to ensure children are protected from harm requires sound professional judgment to be made. It is demanding work that can be distressing and stressful and those involved must have access to advice and support from professionals experienced in the field of safeguarding children. It is important that ASPH staff that provide safeguarding advice and support have access to supervision as effective supervision promotes good standards of practice and supervision can play a critical role in ensuring a clear focus on a child’s welfare.

This policy has been written to be consistent with national and local policies and procedures, in particular, Surrey Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual (2018) which states that ‘Supervision supports, assures and develops the knowledge, skills and values of an individual worker and provides accountability for decision-making and promotes their engagement within an organisation. High quality supervision is the cornerstone of effective working with all children and young people’, and the Levels of Need document (2016) as well as Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018).


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Eileen White, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Young People
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee Group (Chair’s Action)
Date Ratified: July 2018
Date Issued: December 2018
Review Date: July 2021
Target Audience: All Trust Staff
Contact name: Eileen White, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children and Young People


See also:

  • Safeguarding Children’s Policy
  • Surrey Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual
  • Levels of Need
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children