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Supervision Supports Quality

Providing supervision is mandatory in both residential child care.  It is also one of the most complex and potentially stressful tasks managers are asked to do, and yet, done well, it is a welcomed support to staff that drives quality in organizations and improves outcomes for young people.  A recent survey revealed that respondents overwhelmingly value supervision as important to their carrying out their work (94%), although more than a third (37%) do not receive regular supervision.  Encouragingly, although training for supervisees was less common, most respondents who had supervisory duties had received training to provide supervision.

This one day training is for managers new to supervision and for those who want to develop beyond it being merely an exercise in management power.

Learning objectives

  • Have a “best-practice” framework for supervision arrangements
  • Be empowered to develop own strengths as a supervisor
  • Begin working on own areas of weakness as a supervisor
  • Know what the functions of supervision are
  • Understand what is needed to be effective in each function
  • Assess supervisee’s long-term needs and priorities for supervision
  • Be able to draw up a supervision contract
  • Know what sort of things to include in an agenda
  • Have a defensible method for prioritising case work for discussion
  • Understand the blocks that arise in supervision and have some methods for moving them
  • Think about underlying attachment patterns, and respond in helpful ways
  • Begin to apply the principles of mentalizing to supervision
  • Have a clear model of recording supervisions
  • Understand principles of ownership of records and data protection
  • Understand accountability as a supervisor

More training courses

Child Development, Attachment, Trauma, Mentalizing,  Complex Behaviour, Self-harm, Mental Health and WellbeingReflective Practice,  Recording and Report Writing


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2 thoughts on “Supervision

  1. Carol Barwick

    Very interested re yr recent posting on Supervision. Wonder how many of people you’ll be consulting with have their S’vision / provide S’vision in groups. My experience as both individual and group S’visor is that they are completely different. The training run by the Institute of Group Analysis in Group S’vision is worth looking at. Would welcome chance to discuss this. Could do this via email, unless any time available for travelling to a mtg point. August in Brecon perhaps?

  2. Chris Taylor

    Carol, I completely agree, individual and group supervision are very different creatures. it strikes me that in group supervision, the dynamics of the group are an additional ingredient. When things go well this can be a very useful addition, although there are real opportunities for things not to do so. I think it is interesting that it is really only in the psychodynamic tradition that training in this group process is valued and available, whereas in more psychological circles there is little group-work training available. Yet groupwork can be a highly effective approach. The training programme described above is intended for managers in care settings, either who are new to supervision or want to move beyond managerialism.
    I’ll get back to you about having a chat about this. I value your view on taking supervision forward from a group perspective too.

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