Practice supervisor KSS 5: confident analysis and decision-making

Last updated: 23 December 2019

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This page sets out the knowledge and skills listed under practice supervisor KSS 5 (confident analysis and decision-making) in the Department for Education’s post-qualifying standard: knowledge and skills statement for child and family practice supervisors (KSS). Against this, we have mapped Community Care Inform guides, research, learning tools and other resources to help supervisors meet and evidence this part of the statement for CPD or NAAS preparation. The links to the resources are in blue; click to follow them to the page you’re interested in.

 What does the statement say?

 Resources to help you

The practice supervisor will be able to:

•     Create a culture of focused thinking which consistently explores a wide range of contexts (including family and professional stories, the chronology of critical events, social and economic circumstances). Generate multiple hypotheses which make sense of the complexity in which children and families are living. Help practitioners to make decisions based on observations and analyses, taking account of the wishes and feelings of children and families.

•     Ensure that practitioners are ambitious for children and families and that the long-term and life-long consequences of decisions are fully considered at all stages of planning and review, and in consultation with children and families.

•     Build relevant relationships with children and families and professionals to test current hypotheses and dominant perspectives. Ensure that children and young people’s expectations are met where possible and any disappointment sensitively acknowledged and sufficiently addressed.

•     Establish recording processes, provide the full analysis underpinning decisions, making sure the rationale for why and how decisions have been made is comprehensive and well expressed.

The guide to analysis and decision-making and accompanying group CPD session (which supervisors could use with their team) explain an approach to decision-making based on evaluating risks and strengths, generating multiple hypotheses and taking into account wishes and feelings when considering relevant options,

The resources listed below help practitioners ensure chronologies, plans and reviews are carried out in consultation with children and their families and have a focused approach:

Direct work knowledge and practice hub
Includes a directory of different tools that can be used and a guide to confidently using direct work to build trusting relationships and undertake tasks to support children and explore issues with them.

Case recording and record keeping
Provides guidance on meeting the many purposes that records need to fulfil, how to improve clarity of writing, express the analysis and decision-making used and record the wishes and feelings of service users. There is also a Learn as a group on this topic you can use with your team to discuss the issues and promote more consistency among the team.

Interactive supported learning

If your organisation has a workforce licence, you can access interactive quizzes and case scenarios to help with preparations for NAAS. The scenarios looking at decision-making for young people at risk of child sexual exploitation and safeguarding concerns about a boy with autism can be used by individuals or with groups of practitioners to practice analysis and decision-making skills in a simulated case scenario environment.
Find out more about supported learning here.

Links to resource maps for other parts of the KSS:

You might be interested in…

Online resource map for all parts of the KSS for practice supervisors
PDF version of the resource map for all parts of the practice supervisor KSS
Quick guide to the knowledge and skills statements and their role in the ASYE, NAAS and ongoing professional development
Map of resources for the child and family practitioner KSS