Why does systemic supervision support practitioners’ practice more effectively with children and families?
child and family social work
Subject Categories::L500 Social Work
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AbstractThe importance of supervision for social work practice is widely accepted. This paper focuses on one specific type of supervision: systemic group supervision or “systemic supervision”. Systemic social work practice is a group-based, multi-disciplinary model of service delivery that aims to work therapeutically with the whole family. Central to this model is the use of systemically-informed group supervision. This has been shown to impact positively on the quality of direct practice with families, but what is it about this type of supervision that supports frontline practitioners to practice more skillfully? This paper is based on interviews with 49 frontline staff across five children’s services departments in the UK. It identifies the key features of systemic supervision and explores why workers think that developing collective, group-based understandings of risk to children supports them to intervene more effectively with families in contact with children’s services. These findings contribute to a growing body of knowledge about the practice shaping function of supervision within child and family social work.
CitationBostock L, Patrizo L, Godfrey T, Forrester D (2022) 'Why does systemic supervision support practitioners’ practice more effectively with children and families?', Children and Youth Services Review, 142 (106652)
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