Group supervision for Designated Safeguarding Leads in secondary schools

Following on from an evaluation exploring the impact of providing formal, individual supervision to Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in secondary schools in Greater Manchester, this study will evaluate a new version of the programme providing group supervision. The intervention aims to improve knowledge and understanding of Children’s Social Care processes and issues, resulting in reductions in inappropriate contacts to Children’s Social Care, and reducing DSL stress and anxiety.

NIESR is evaluating the impact of the programme, which will run in mainstream secondary schools across approximately ten local authorities. The evaluation will explore impacts on contacts and referrals to children’s social care, as well as impacts on the wellbeing of DSLs themselves, through a randomised controlled trial. The evaluation will also explore implementation of the programme, and perceptions of impact, as well as costs of delivery, helping to inform whether the programme could be rolled out on a wider scale in future.

The study is funded by What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC). It began in summer 2021 and is envisaged to complete in summer 2022.

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Initial evaluation