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Staff Supervision (Secure Accommodation)
The purpose of supervision is to ensure that young people are looked after by staff who are themselves supported and guided in safeguarding and promoting welfare.
All supervision will be governed by a contract signed by both the supervisor and supervisee. This contract will be renewed yearly or at a change of supervisor.
All staff will receive a formal supervision session weekly of 1 hour 30 minutes, on a one-to-one basis, as agreed in the initial written contract. If at any time the supervisor or the supervisee wish for another person to enter into the supervision session, then the other party should be notified prior to this meeting. New employees must receive supervision every two weeks during the initial six months of employment.The arranged supervision sessions should:
- Take place in an appropriate confidential area.
- Be undertaken in private and without cancellation or interruption except in an emergency as agreed in the contract.
- May be on occasion carried out by alternative supervisor in order to ensure the sessions are carried out adequately.
- Recorded on the relevant record form and a copy retained by each party, the supervisor will provide a copy to the Service Manager within seven days.
- The supervision session should include all of the identified areas, which are set out on the supervision record format. The sessions should also include any other issues, which the supervisor or the supervisee may wish to bring to the meeting. This could include:
- Staff development / Training needs
- Working conditions
- Health & Safety issues
- Ways of improving the service
- Reflective analysis of situations/working practices etc.
- Any supervision session missed through absence will be carried out as soon as possible.
Recording and Access
The records will be stored in the office in a locked cabinet. The Manager, Supervisor and the Human Resources Department will have access to these records. All supervision records are confidential unless a disciplinary or child protection issue arises. In such circumstances Senior Management will be given access. The Supervisee will be informed if access is required.
- To ensure that the worker carries out those responsibilities which are in keeping with all other Policies and Procedures.
- To ensure that the worker understands their roles and responsibilities.
- To promote the professional development of the worker and identify any training areas.
- To be a primary source of support for the worker, recognizing the considerable demands of their workload and responsibilities.
- To provide regular constructive feedback to the worker.
- Child protection
- Youth Offending
- Children with Disabilities