Supervisions – What’s in them? Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I started writing about the different subjects that should be covered during a supervision, you can find the article here.  This information doesn’t seem to be forthcoming from any of the usual sources, and that means settings are all doing it a bit differently.

This week, I will be discussing why I think safeguarding should be a big part of a supervision.  This is a slightly more obvious topic than last time, so I think I’ll concentrate on why I think that safeguarding should be the first thing to talk about…

Why should this be (first) in Supervisions?

Safeguarding is one of the main reasons that supervisions took over from the previous appraisal model that settings were using.  It gives staff a chance to talk about situations that they are worried out (but not too worried as those things should be flagged up straight away!).  This means that you should absolutely be asking the right questions during a supervision, so…

What should be discussed?

When thinking about safeguarding, we have to remember that anything serious should come up well before a supervision, so the subjects of discussion will (hopefully) be more subtle situations.  You could try asking some of these questions to help staff start speaking about their concerns:

  • Do you have any safeguarding concerns with any of the children in your room/the setting?
  • Do you have any safeguarding concerns involving any of the staff in the setting?
  • Have you heard anything or has something happened that has made you feel uncomfortable or unsure?
  • Have there been any significant changes in any of the children you work with? How about their families?

Supervisions are also an excellent opportunity to make sure that staff have up-to-date training when it comes to safeguarding and child protection.  And if you realise that they are coming up for renewal, we might just be able to help with that.

Let me know in the comments what you think I should be including in supervisions and writing about in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to look out for my other ideas for what to include in supervisions coming soon.  Otherwise, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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