College guidelines


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.


Call for practice

The College of Policing is pleased to announce that the ‘Effective Supervision' Guideline team has launched a call for practice, aimed at collecting your experiences of supervision within policing.

The College invites you to be part of this call for practice – for more information please read the information sheet and complete the practice form. Sharing your experience will ensure that we develop a broad knowledge of supervisory practices across policing. Additionally, we welcome submission of any supporting documents such as internal guidelines, toolkits, training materials and policies which contribute to effective supervision.

The closing date for submissions is 27 September 2019.


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 first guideline committee meeting was held on 21st March 2019. At the meeting the guideline committee agreed the scope. The committee will be meeting again on 4th September 2019.


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