publication . Article . 2016

What happens in supervision?

Wilkins, David; Forrester, Donald; Grant, Louise;
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  • Published: 04 Aug 2016 Journal: Child & Family Social Work, volume 22, pages 942-951 (issn: 1356-7500, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Supervision is fundamental to the social work profession. However, increasing concern has been expressed over the managerial capture of local authority social work and the use of supervision as a way of enabling management oversight (or surveillance) of practice. Despite the importance of supervision, we have little evidence about what happens when managers and child and family social workers meet to discuss casework and less about how supervision influences practice. In this study, 34 supervision case discussions were recorded. Detailed descriptions are given of what happens in supervision. Overall, case discussions operated primarily as a mechanism for managem...
free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, Health(social science), Pedagogy, Critical thinking, Child protection, Psychology, Social work, Organizational context, Local authority
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