Regular supervision is an essential component of accountable, safe and professional social work practice within a culture of learning and development. Supervision should be structured to include a focus on NQSW wellbeing and resilience; Professional development and learning; Reflective and reflexive case discussion; Systemic and management issues.
Effective professional supervision involves reflective dialogue and exploration that is clearly linked to practice and outcomes for people using services. The model of supervision in any service will be influenced by the organisational context and/or preferred style of the line manager.
This information for supervisors may be used to support any training sessions that are planned with the resources and materials developed in partnership with local organisations.
There are a series of links to specific resource for supervisors with more detail and suggested learning activities. We have numbered these resources so that you can keep track of what you are exploring. You can explore each individual resource individually, however, you can also work through them in sequence by the links we have included at the bottom of each page.
There is no doubt that social workers generally and NQSW, in particular, value supervision. Managers and supervisors also recognise the importance of supervision. However, there is also a demand for specific training and support for the development of supervisors’ ability to provide quality supervision.
Supervisors do not always have time to evaluate what makes supervision valuable and apply this learning to supervision practice. There is a risk that supervision can become a habitual practice of managing cases rather than providing a space for dialogue and critical reflection. This resource aims to bring the focus on to the development of quality supervision for NQSW and provide some guidance and material on how to achieve this.
You will find references on each resource and page of this website. We are keen to include recommendations from supervisors and NQSWs in Scotland, highlighting what you have found useful in your practice.