The state of social work supervision in 2014

Many social workers are going without crucial supervision, Community Care's annual survey on the subject has found.

Community Care’s second annual State of Social Work Supervision Survey finds that many social workers are going without crucial supervision. We report on the findings and look at how social work supervision can be delivered better.

Social workers reveal sluggish progress on delivering better supervision

Supervision special reportCommunity Care’s State of Supervision Survey 2014 finds little progress on improving social work supervision



Our live chat on how to get the best out of supervision


The expert panel included:

Peter_hay2Peter Hay, strategic director for people, at Birmingham City Council


Sharon3Sharon Lambley, lecturer in social work at the University of Sussex


NushraMansuri1Nushra Mansuri, professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers, who qualified as a social worker in 1993


Ruth2Ruth Smith, Community Care’s content director (chairing)

Find out how delegates at Community Care Live defined “good supervision”

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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:

bullet pointGuide to effective supervision: What is it and how can supervisors ensure they provide it?

Author: Dr Hilary Lawson, teaching fellow (social work and social care), University of Sussex

bullet pointGuide to developing social workers’ emotional resilience

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

bullet pointGuide to developing a competent workplace in children’s social care linking practice, supervision and strategic planning

Author: Alex Chard, director, YCTCS Ltd

bullet pointGuide to compassion fatigue and secondary trauma in human services

Author: Lori Goossen, organisational development consultant, London Borough of Bexley

bullet pointGuide to managing practice from a critically reflective position

Author: Mary Mustoe, social work consultant

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A feature sponsored by Birmingham City Council

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Christine Banim, national service director at Cafcass, explains what can be learned from the organisation’s approach to supervision

One Response to The state of social work supervision in 2014

  1. Nadeem June 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    I have known some social workers come out of supervision crying because they have been made to feel so little, so de skilled and incompetent, it is not how regular supervision is but the quantitative analysis which cannot be measured is something that needs to be given priority.