Investigation into how much supervision social workers receive | Why some employers are failing to prioritise supervision | Good practice examples | Replay our online debate
Half of social workers responding to Community Care’s survey said they would not class any of their current supervision as reflective, while many are not receiving any support.
Find out how delegates at Community Care Live 2013 defined “good supervision”
Replay our live chat on how to get the best out of supervision
The expert panel included:
Mark Charters, director of education and social care for London Borough of Bexley
Beverly Turner-Daly, senior lecturer in social work at Northumbria University and part-time independent trainer/ consultant with many years’ experience teaching and training supervisors
Nushra Mansuri, joint manager in England for the British Association of Social Workers, who qualified as a social worker in 1993
Kirsty McGregor, workforce editor for Community Care, who has been writing about supervision and support for social workers for the past four years
More from Inform
Subscribers to Inform can access a series of in-depth expert guides to providing effective supervision, developing social workers’ emotional resilience and promoting reflective practice. Resources include:
Author: Dr Hilary Lawson, teaching fellow (social work and social care), University of Sussex
Author: Louise Grant, senior lecturer in social work, University of Bedfordshire and registered social worker and Dr Gail Kinman, professor, occupational health psychology, University of Bedfordshire
Author: Alex Chard, director, YCTCS Ltd
Author: Lori Goossen, organisational development consultant, London Borough of Bexley
Author: Mary Mustoe, social work consultant
High caseloads and skilled team managers quickly climbing further up the career ladder are two of the challenges employers cite when it comes to providing effective supervision.
Alex Turner meets the social workers investing time and energy into ensuring their work revolves around supervision.
Effective supervision requires strong leadership and organisational policies, as well as highly-trained supervisory staff.
John Carpenter, professor of social work at Bristol University, looks at the research into whether regular supervision of social workers improves outcomes for service users.