As a qualified and experienced coach and fully experienced in effective supervision, Mandy supports the development of Safeguarding skills for safeguarding leaders through regular coaching sessions.
Coaching is fluid, developmental and a person-centred process. The support it can offer will be unique to the particular needs of the individual, but in general terms, safeguarding leaders find the following elements that can take place within the coaching relationship extremely useful:
- ongoing case management;
- developing safeguarding leadership skills;
- strategic planning;
Safeguarding Peer Supervision Group for Designated Safeguarding Leaders
Times and dates to be arranged – if this group option is of interest to you, please contact us asap at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07811 101740
In the light of feedback from local Safeguarding training and keeping an eye on what’s said nationally, it is apparent that there is a lack of capacity to support Designated Safeguarding Leads and their deputies through external professional supervision sessions. In partnership with Delegated Services, Mandy Parry is now launching Peer Supervision sessions.
Safeguarding Leaders need particular care and support. Many doing these top challenge jobs feel that they are resilient and can look after themselves, but stress can sneak up on the most resilient people and suddenly the symptoms can take over. One way to deal with this is to ensure external Supervision support. We are of the opinion there are three distinct aspects to supervision (none of them include line management):
- Case oversight. Supporting a check through of the thinking process around specific children. Asking the ‘what if’ question. But if it’s not, what else could be going on – is there something that could have been missed?
- Recognition of our values, formed through our own childhood experiences, cultural background and life events. These may colour judgment and a high level of emotional intelligence is needed where there is potential to over-identify with a child’s experience or downplay its significance.
- Pressure tipping to stress. Spotting the tipping point where cases are beginning to take a toll. It is potentially quick and easy to recognise the serious stressful individual events, but the weight of incessant day-to-day issues can build up over time and before recognised push us over our own coping threshold, especially if there are other factors in play.
Each session should:
- offer a structured agenda to ensure that the approach is supportive and truly responsive to the needs of the participants;
- ensure a focused discussion which will enable collective problem solving;
- develop the ongoing safeguarding skills and knowledge of participants;
- make a contribution to Continuing Personal Development;
- broaden leadership skills;
- build confidence; and
- offer practical ideas to help in the work.