This policy recognises that NHS Services are required to fulfil their legal duties under Section 11 of the Children Act (2004) and Care Act (2014) and statutory responsibilities as set out in Working Together to Safeguarding Children (2018). Therefore, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk must be an integral part of the care offered to children, young people, adults and their families by all health care professionals working. This includes appropriate supervision and support for staff as an essential component of clinical governance. For the purposes of this document supervision refers to trauma informed safeguarding children and adult supervision as opposed to clinical supervision.

Effective and accessible trauma informed safeguarding supervision is essential in order to assist staff in developing the critical thinking that is required to understand cases in a holistic manner and complete analytical assessment. Not only should it develop staff members’ ability to explore and understand complex and or concerning situations, it is an essential component in supporting practitioners to cope with the emotional demands of the work.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) acknowledges that: Effective professional supervision can play a critical role in ensuring a clear focus on a child’s welfare. Supervision should support professionals to reflect critically on the impact of their decisions on the child and their family.

In accordance with clinical governance framework and principles, safeguarding supervision is mandatory for all health care staff who work directly with children, young people and adults at risk. Staff members who do not work directly with children, young people and adults at risk will be expected to seek appropriate supervision as necessary. Safeguarding supervision has also the additional benefit of improving practice, helping prevent serious incidents which can potentially lead to long, expensive and stressful safeguarding practice reviews, safeguarding adult reviews, and public enquiries with their risk of negative impact on morale and subsequent recruitment and retention problems for the organisations involved.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Jane Mitchell, Professional Head of Safeguarding
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: May 2022
Date Issued: May 2022
Review Date: May 2025
Target Audience: All Trust Staff
Contact name: Jane Mitchell, Professional Head of Safeguarding


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