Practicing Supervision in Child Protection and Care Agencies

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for experienced child-protection and care staff who currently, or who will, oversee the work of other staff members. Participants should have a professional qualification or degree, and a background in one of the various agencies providing direct child-protection and care services. By direct child-protection and care services, we refer to 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 a locally-based office. Institutions can be children’s homes, disability services, detention centres – any service where children are being looked after away from home.  

What will the course cover?

The course will look at 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 as illustrations.

What is the structure of the course?

The course consists of eight modules that build upon each other.

How long will the course take?

The course has been designed to allow for breaks and reflections; you can work on individual modules for a short period of time, take a break, and return to the course later. Thus, the full course will take as long as you need. However, each module begins with the estimated time it will take you to complete that part of the course.


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


This course has drawn heavily on the child protection supervision training pack produced by TdH Albania in association with the University of Stirling. We would like to offer our grateful thanks to Helen Whincup and Frances Patterson (University of Stirling), Theodhori Karaj, Anila Sulstarova, Izela Tahsini, Marinela Sota, Ariola Panteqi, Marjana Meshi, Alketa Lasku, Nadire Kreka, and Enkelejda Kallciu (Albanian Local Experts).

Additionally, we are grateful for the professional input and feedback of Ms. Neli Petrova at SAPI Bulgaria, Stephanie Delaney, and Shqipe Ukshini.