Rhetoric vs. reality in social work supervision: the experiences of a group of child care social workers in England

Beverly Turner-Daly, Gordon Jack

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Abstract

Whilst the contribution of good supervision to high-quality social work practice is widely recognized, research exploring practitioners' experiences of supervision is surprisingly limited. Set within the context of the supervision framework for employers of social workers in England, this small-scale survey, using an extended questionnaire, examined the experiences of supervision of a group of child care social workers. The aim was to find out what aspects of supervision worked well and where there was room for improvement. The findings suggest that whilst the majority of employers had appropriate supervision policies in place, day-to-day practice varied enormously, frequently falling well short of national standards, with the quality of supervision often depending more on the characteristics of the supervisor and the agency context than the needs of the worker. Supervision sessions typically focused predominantly on case management, with much less attention paid to the worker and opportunities for them to reflect on their practice. Only a quarter of the social workers in this survey could be considered to be satisfied with their current supervision, with a much higher proportion clearly dissatisfied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-46
JournalChild & Family Social Work
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date24 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2017

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