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The College of Policing is currently developing guidelines to support effective supervision within policing. The work focusses on what effective supervision looks like and what support supervisors need from their organisations to achieve this. The guidelines will look to identify effective supervision practices at all levels of policing, across all ranks, staff and volunteers. 

The College is working with a committee of frontline practitioners, academics and subject matter experts chaired by ACC Nick Bailey of Greater Manchester Police. ACC Bailey has previously acted as the 'Head of People', he was also the Head of Professional Standards, as well as Human Resources, achieving an 'Investors in People Silver Award for wellbeing'. The guidelines will be aimed at all police officers, staff and volunteers who have supervisory responsibility and anyone with a responsibility for supervisory policies.

The Effective Supervision guideline committee will explore the following two questions:

  • What constitutes great supervision to enable and support our people's wellbeing, learning and performance?
  • What support do supervisors need from their organisations to deliver this?

The committee will develop guidelines which intend to provide clear recommendations for practice, based on the best-available evidence.

For a full outline of this work, please refer to the scope.


Development process

This guidance was developed by the College Effective Supervision Guideline Committee according to the College of Policing pilot process. The process involves bringing together an independent committee of academics, practitioner topic experts and frontline practitioners who collectively review the best available evidence and agree whether any guidelines for policing practice can and should be made. The evidence presented to the committee includes evidence from the best available research in the topic area together with expertise elicited directly from practitioners.

The next meeting of the Effective Supervision Guideline Committee will be 12th December 2019.


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