In partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC), we're working across the 21 FE colleges in Greater Manchester to provide safe reflective practice spaces for pastoral workers who carry extensive mental health caseloads with the students they support. The project runs until the end of 2020 and will include an evaluation report.

As part of a pilot project, our Children and Young People Lead, Jo Holmes, has supported author, Steve Page (MBACP) in co-delivering training events for college staff using the Page and Wosket Cyclical Model of Supervision (2001). The training included two strands, one focused on non-managerial supervision and the other on providing peer supervision.

A third strand of the project offers clinical supervision to frontline workers via post-graduate and MA counselling students from the University of Salford, as part of their supervision practice hours. We secured money through the AoC to fund the trainee supervisors' clinical supervision over this period.

We'll evaluate the different strands of this pilot over the next 12 months. We hope workers feel upskilled and supported in providing regular reflective supervision to their peers and that it demonstrates the value of extending the monthly supervision sessions delivered by trained clinical supervisors once the project has ended.

Group of people in a training session

Supervision group training session