“This excellent book is a back to basics reminder of the fundamentals of supervision. It provides an easy to read guide to improve and strengthen the essential yet sometimes neglected supervision process … One particular strength are the good-practice checklists in each chapter; they summarise what is core and crucial to the effectiveness of supervision, provides useful examples of practice and a ‘what to do’ list of actions.”
Sofie Franklin, Child Protection Social Worker, UK
“This book shows how reflection and critical analysis should be at the heart of good supervision and explains why this is not always achieved. More importantly, it goes on to inform readers on how to get the most out of supervision with examples of good practice. Personally, I have found the book to be most helpful as part of my own early professional development.”
Gary Law, Children and Young People in Care Social Worker, Bury Local Authority, UK
“In this accessible and comprehensive book, Bill McKitterick brings his wealth of professional experience to bear, reinvigorating professional supervision in social work and reinstating its place at the heart of practice. This is a timely challenge to the tyranny of managerialism and process compliance in social work”
Sue White, Professor of Social Work, University of Birmingham, UK
Part of a new Social Work Pocketbooks series, this brief and to the point social work resource enables students, social workers, supervisors and line managers to understand what good supervision is and how to implement it.
Useful features include:
- Practical ways for supervisors and social workers to prepare for and use supervision
- Strategies to improve supervision or start again when it has fallen into disuse
- Methods and advice to protect and prioritise time and space for supervision
- Advice on maintaining supervision alongside organisational focus on performance management
- Addressing supervision in multi-professional settings
Written by an experienced practitioner, this book recognises the working environment of social workers and their managers and provides the structure for them to collaborate as peers.