Professional reflective supervision


Professional Reflective Supervision

Promoting safe working practices for Children, Young People, their Families and wider communities and Practitioners and their Organisations
next dates to be arranged

We are in a maelstrom, approaching the third anniversary of the pandemic. Many are in the freefall of trauma response ... in fight, flight, freeze and flat states. The demands on teams are considerable, and many Designated Lead Persons and their Deputies are overwhelmed. They all need the opportunity to be heard, held and supported in processing everything happening.

This is a primary function of effective Professional Reflective Supervision.

We are seeing increased demand for our bespoke Professional Reflective Supervision services, either on a 1:1 basis or as Teams. We also recognise that Designated Lead Persons manage increasingly large teams of Deputies and need a reliable structure through which to ‘contain’ so much.

This ‘containment’ can come from a well-structured and skilfully managed Professional Reflective Supervision commitment, where risk is managed meaningfully for families, groups of children, our practitioners, and the organisation.

Increasing stretched Designated Lead Persons and Deputies need this opportunity to pause, reflect, identify, name and process what’s happening in practice. This gives perspective in being able to name what’s happening and why we are reacting in the way we are.

If, as a Senior Designated Lead Person or Deputy for Safeguarding, you can identify with any of the following, this course is for you...

  • Take time to reflect on whether your current supervision is a meaningful process for the Supervisee and the Supervisor and actively enhances the professional service standards within the organisation.
  • Consider if the full’ risk assessment wrap around’ focuses on safeguarding children, families, practitioners and the organisation.
  • Assess whether it IS a worthwhile investment, i.e. the outcomes equate with the investment.

Equally, you ‘may have a hunch’ that :

  • The Professional Reflective Supervision process gets put to the bottom of the list, is repetitive or is even ‘stuck’ or
  • has become mechanistic or a stale process

We’ve designed this one-and-a-half-day course to focus on the function of supervision, the theoretical models that underpin it and its practical application in the workplace.

The course suits those new to supervision and those wanting to explore and develop their model. With this in mind, a follow-up online support session is intended as an opportunity to :

* pause and consider practices with a professional peer group
* share actual experience of providing supervision
* reflect on aspects that have gone well, including successes and those that perhaps fell flat
* consider possible tweaks and changes in remodelling practice
* share resources, including models of documentation

As with all Catherine Rushforth and Associates’ training this course will be highly participatory, intended to support each delegate’s objectives and play a key part in growing professional confidence.

As with all Catherine Rushforth and Associate’s courses the day will be highly participatory, intended to support each delegate’s individual objectives and support the growth of professional confidence.

What we will achieve:

  • Familiarity with current policy and practice guidelines for implementing supervision
  • Establish clarity on what supervision is and is not intended to achieve
  • Explore how to promote growth and development in the individual and/or teams in terms of emotional and professional maturity, thus improving practice within your organisation.
  • Build awareness of the signs/clues that indicate risky safeguarding practice, including in the conduct and behaviour of a practitioner, manager and/or groups of colleagues.
  • Look at a framework for supervision that supports meeting the requirements of professional roles and positions within an organisation.
  • Enhance awareness of different types of supervision, including the fundamental theoretical principles that underpin them.
  • Begin preparation of a Supervision Policy suitable to the organisation, with clear sample written agreements.
  • Practice and develop the necessary skills required for high standards of supervision.

This course is for those who have a supervisory responsibility that requires them to meet regularly with Practitioners and/or Teams to talk about their work, whether this is directly working with children or includes direct family work, those who are responsible for the ‘output’ of others including those who hold the Designated Lead Person for Safeguarding or Deputy positions.

This course is suitable for Supervisors/Managers from a range of services, whether Local Authority, Voluntary, Charity or Independent Initiatives and Partnerships, including Child Care Services, Children’s Centres, Programme Managers, Local Authority Managers, Early Years/Child Care Provision, Youth, Faith and Education Services.

2 days of training:

next dates to be arranged

Anglo Educational Services, 5 Richbell Place, Holborn, London, WC1N 3LA


One of our training rooms where we’re using chair desks to help maintain social distance.

One full day of training in London and 3 hours online.

(including light lunch and refreshments on 1st day)