Best Practice in Professional Supervision
Published by Jessica Kingsley, Allyson Davys and Liz Beddoe, 2010
ISBN: 9781843109952, £19.99
This thought-provoking book, which looks at the central place of supervision in the caring professions, has been published at a key moment for social care in the UK. It makes an important contribution to the current Munro review in that it highlights the effects of organisational culture on supervision. There is a useful consideration of negative working environments that are target led and highly pressurised contrasted with learning organisations-the ideal home for successful supervision.
The authors provide a history of supervision and various supervision models but it is the reflective learning model of supervision, where the agenda is led by the supervisee, which takes centre stage. It emphasises the need for a safe arena for discussion where challenge can be accepted. I would recommend this book to all who wish to ensure that staff in the caring professions receive high quality supervision that will support them in the challenging work they do.
Ann Burnage is deputy chief executive officer at the Cabrini Children’s Society