This page contains information on the expectations on managers with staff working in Children’s Teams and outlines the Lead Professional Supervision Policy.
As an employer, an organisation is expected to operate a personnel policy that covers the provision of good and safe working conditions, opportunities for the enhancement of individual employees, and ensure that all their employees maintain proper standards of integrity and conduct.
Children have a fundamental right to have all their needs met and to be safe from abuse and neglect. We are committed to growing a safe and competent children’s workforce who can play their part in keeping vulnerable children safe.
The manager is required to undertake safety checking for their staff member stepping into a Children’s Team role including the Lead Professional and Child’s Action Network role, to meet legislative requirements. The Children’s Action Plan is leading this change in employment practice right across the children’s workforce.
The Children’s Teams Lead Professional Supervision Policy has been developed to guide best practice in supervision in the context of Children’s Teams.
Since practitioners and professionals will be working with highly vulnerable children and their families and whānau we need to be able to support the person working with them to achieve great outcomes. Hence, supervision is a compulsory requirement for Lead Professionals in Children’s Teams.
The manager will provide individual supervision for the staff member in the Lead Professional role and support them to take part in peer or group supervision organised by the Children’s Team.
Supervision is a regular scheduled opportunity for a professional practitioner to meet with other professionals skilled and trained in facilitating critical reflection of self and work. This is an opportunity to discuss professional issues and receive feedback with the objectives of:
Individual supervision, provided by a designated supervisor, is an important part of ensuring the practice of a professional, the supervisee, is professionally safe. Supporting practitioners is part of achieving professionally safe practice. Aspects of supervision therefore include the following:
For a Lead Professional, this would constitute individual supervision as required for their profession; match the level of experience of the professional or practitioner.
The following principles would be expected to be used to guide the approach of supervision of Lead Professionals:
The home agency supervisor may need to have access to a child’s case and related family and whānau information to be able to provide effective supervision support and guidance to a staff member.
The Children’s Team will ensure that Lead Professionals (and CAN members) are familiar with all Children’s Team policies, principles and operating guidelines when working with a vulnerable child and their family/whānau.