Effective supervision in a variety of settings

The foundations of effective supervision practice: The supervision agreement or contract

The relationship between the supervisor and the supervisee is an important aspect of the supervisory process, and time must be spent developing it. The practice enquiry [2] refers to good supervision as being underpinned by values that are explicit in the supervision contract. The terms ‘supervision contract’ or ‘supervision agreement’ can be used interchangeably to describe the written document which sets out the content of the discussions that have taken place to establish how the supervisor and supervisee will work together. In this guide, the term ‘agreement’ is preferred since it emphasises the collaborative nature of the process. The agreement will be a feature of the organisation’s policy and should be introduced to a volunteer or employee during their induction.

Agreements are important because they do the following.

So what might a supervision agreement look like? Here are some important points to consider.

An agreement might contain the following headings:


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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