This book is a timely review of scholarship in social work supervision; re-examining the state of knowledge, research and practice; and asking if it is time for a new paradigm for the field.
The contributors present a universal paradigm in social work around what we understand social work to be, not only through its practice of supervision but also what this contributes to the challenge of any dominant ideas or ideals about the supervision agenda in an increasingly globalised social work context. Capturing new developments from different regions of the world, the book shows how these can inform critical practice, professional development and well-being, and have a wider impact on accountability, effectiveness and work performance.
The book will be appreciated by people needing or using services, novice or learner social workers, and those responsible for training or educating in supervision knowledge and skills or preparing to take up this important role. With applications for both academic research and practitioner-based learning, this book will help to ensure the best quality and supportive practice within the workforce and community it serves.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Social Work.
Introduction – Contemporary practices in social work supervision: time for new paradigms?
Trish Hafford-Letchfield and Lambert Engelbrecht
1. Expert understandings of supervision as a means to strengthen the social service workforce: results from a global Delphi study
Bree Akesson and Mark Canavera
2. Constructing an evidence-informed social work supervision model
Kieran O’Donoghue, Peace Wong Yuh Ju and Ming-sum Tsui
3. Supervision in Denmark – an empirical account of experiences and practices
4. Themes in the supervision of social care students in Ireland: building resilience
5. A semi-open supervision systems model for evaluating staff supervision in adult care settings: a conceptual framework
6. Systemic supervision in statutory social work in the UK: systemic rucksacks and bells that ring
Paul Dugmore, Karen Partridge, Indeep Sethi and Monika Krupa-Flasinska
7. Making the transition from practitioner to supervisor: reflections on the contribution made by a post-qualifying supervisory course
Frances Patterson and Helen Whincup
8. What’s your agenda? Reflective supervision in community-based child welfare services
Matt Rankine, Liz Beddoe, Mike O’Brien and Christa Fouché
9. Putting you in the picture: the use of visual imagery in social work supervision
Trish Hafford-Letchfield and Ephrat Huss
10. Simulating supervision: How do managers respond to a crisis?
David Wilkins and Rebecca Jones
11. Supervision during social work education and training in Francophone West Africa: Conceptual frameworks and empirical evidence from Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire
Mark Canavera and Bree Akesson