Effective supervision in a variety of settings

The foundations of effective supervision practice

Good or effective supervision is delivered by effective supervisors, but what does an effective supervisor look like?

The Skills for Care/Children’s Workforce Development Council guide [17] was the first national guide for supervisors in social care and sets out, on the basis of practice knowledge, the competencies required for effective supervisors. Current research and practice evidence suggests that effective supervisors are those who have the required clinical and expert knowledge to assist supervisees in their work, provide emotional support and who have the qualities to develop positive working relationships.

In this section we begin by considering practice that might support the development of a positive supervisory relationship, since it could be argued that without such a relationship other aspects of the role are likely to be less successful.

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  • Effective supervision in a variety of settings
  • Service user and carer involvement in the supervision of health and social care workers: seminar report
  • Practice enquiry into supervision in a variety of adult care settings where there are health and social care practitioners working together
  • Narrative summary of the evidence review on supervision of social workers and social care workers in a range of settings including integrated settings