Practicing Supervision in Child Protection and Care Agencies


This course is designed for experienced child protection and care staff who already have, or who are taking on a responsibility for overseeing the work of other staff. It is expected that participants will also have a professional qualification or degree. Participants could come from a variety of agencies providing direct child protection and care services. By direct child protection and care services, we mean any agency (governmental or NGO) that directly intervenes in the lives of children and families, or provides direct care for children. Such services can be fieldwork-based or based in institutions. Fieldwork services are those which operate from an office base in a local area. Institutions can be children’s homes, disability services, detention centres - in fact any service where children are being looked after away from home.  

What will the course cover?

The course will explore what we mean by supervision, how it has an impact on practice and how to develop and maintain a supervision system in your agency. A working model of supervision will be explored and the tools needed for setting up a supervision system will be provided. Case scenarios and short video clips of supervision practice will be used to illustrate supervision practice.

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of eight sections. It is designed so that the sections build upon each other.

How long will the course take?

The course is designed so that you can work on it for short periods of time and then return at a later time to begin where you left off. So in this way, the full course will take as long as you need to take. However, for each part of the course, there will be an approximate time given at the beginning of that part, so that you know how long you will need to spend to complete each individual part.


If you complete the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Centre of Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Type of learning: 
Self paced
Professional supervision
Target professionals: 
Project Manager
Social Worker
Head of Department
Series this is part of: 

This project is funded by:


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