Supervision for Designated Safeguarding Leads
We offer a psychodynamic approach to Supervision delivered by our team of experienced psychotherapists
Safeguarders carry an enormous emotional burden. To be able to hold on to one’s expertise when working in these emotionally demanding roles, we often need a specific kind of support to enable us to process the range of emotions we might experience – because sometimes, these get in the way of being able to think clearly. Furthermore, our clinical experience has demonstrated that when working in such emotionally challenging environments, if the emotional burden is not acknowledged, it could become a drain on one’s emotional resources – ultimately affecting one’s mental health.
Supervision for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s), either individually or in teams, provides this level of support. It offers a space, facilitated by professional psychotherapists, for targeted reflection and help with digesting and processing work-based emotionally difficult and sometimes distressing situations. It offers the opportunity to de-brief and think constructively about the impact of the emotional demands of challenging scenarios. This enables the individual to create important emotional boundaries for themselves, thereby avoiding becoming emotional sponges in difficult environments and maintain their resilience.
HM@W offer a psychodynamic approach to Supervision, delivered by our team of experienced psychotherapists. A psychodynamic approach allows individuals and groups to work at a deeper level, to understand the many emotional responses to complex dynamics often present in the workplace. This helps to tackle those inaccessible issues that hinders performance and can have an impact on one’s emotional and mental health.
Regular psychodynamic supervision sessions can offer a reflective space to help DSLs better understand and manage the psychological impact and emotional demands of their work. This can increase resilience and productivity as well as enabling staff to better support the children and their families emotionally and practically. In particular, those working in safe-guarding are susceptible to burn-out and an increased risk of mental health issues if they are not provided with Supervision from trained professionals.
HealthyMinds@Work consultants are all practising psychotherapists and coaches so often do both within the supervisory space, flexing to the needs of the person or group.
Frequency and Timing
We would ideally recommend 1 x monthly or once half-termly group supervision for all Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs).
Sessions last 1.5 hours.
Learning Objectives of Supervision
- Reflect on the emotional challenges of working with child safeguarding issues including children, parents, other staff and agencies.
- Decrease the risk of burn out and mental health issues.
- Encourage ‘joined-up’ thinking around understanding difficulties and decision making.
- Reinforce the importance of role and boundaries, in relation to the wider school community (i.e families of students).
- Understand how people deal with difficult situations.
- Develop emotional intelligence and capacity to identify and manage one’s own and others’ feelings and behaviour.
- Understand one’s own vulnerability to different situations.
- Create a culture of reflective learning.
The results of the training were a more consistent, professional and structured system for performance management across the organisation, with objectives in place for each team member and linked to those of the organisation.
Leanne is a person of high integrity who is utterly dependable and a coach who takes pride in what she does and gains great pleasure from supporting her clients to the best of her ability.
Jo, Jacqueline and Leanne have run workshops in the school to enhance our understanding of emotional resilience and are extremely skilled at identifying how best to use their own specific skill sets to support individuals.
Line managers [now] feel far more confident and able to engage with staff about performance.
Leanne is highly supportive and enjoys creating a safe environment where people are happy, and willing to dig deep into themselves to find what’s holding them back.
Through my own supervision and workshops at the school we have ensured wellbeing is at the heart of our school improvement work.