Reflective supervision ‘impacting positively’ on social work in ‘good’ council

'Regular' supervision and 'good access' to managers found in London borough

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Social workers in Camden are benefitting from reflective supervision that impacts positively on their work with children and families, a focused visit by Ofsted inspectors found.

The council, rated ‘good’ in a full inspection last year, was praised for giving staff access “to a wide range of induction and training opportunities”, and social workers reported being “supported and encouraged” to develop.

Ofsted also said staff receive “regular, reflective supervision and good access to managers, including senior managers”.

“Inspectors saw examples of reflective supervision impacting positively on the work that social workers are undertaking with children and their families,” the report said.

“Social workers particularly value the monthly reflective practice sessions, which enhance their understanding of how they can improve outcomes for children.”

‘Timely and thorough’ investigations

Inspectors found that child protection investigations were timely and thorough, and children and families experiencing domestic abuse had access to a broad range of intervention and support services.

“Thresholds are appropriate and well embedded in practice. Child protection concerns are quickly identified. When appropriate, they progress to timely strategy discussions. These decisions are mostly well-recorded and the planned interventions to safeguard children are clear,” inspectors said.

Leadership was praised for a continued commitment to sustaining the quality of services following the previous inspection, and leaders “know the service well”, Ofsted said.

It warned that, in a small minority of cases, the quality of referrals from partner agencies were not clear, and some supervision recorded did not provide clarity on future actions required.

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