supervision

8b Supervision

In the second part of our eighth podcast we talk about how social workers can ensure that they get helpful, supportive supervision.

Being kind

Recently in a workshop on supervision, I asked some new practitioners what their ideal supervisor would be like. ‘Kind’ was the first reply.

I consider that a bit more kindness in social care could help us all feel better and make more progress.

The word kind is linked to Old English gecynd, meaning nature, offspring, race. It relates to two important concepts: being natural and being alike.

Just keep paddling

I have just spent 24 hours as part of a support team for a 125 mile canoe endurance event. Our canoeists paddled from Devizes to Westminster, through the day and night, in the rain and cold, climbing out of the canal for 77 locks, and racing to catch the tide that would take them the last 18 miles. I learned a lot about how to help keep people going under extremely difficult conditions, and I think that much of this is relevant to those who are supporting social care practitioners. So here are some thoughts for managers, workforce development - and anyone else who provides social care back-up - about how to keep practitioners going as they paddle along.

Who supervises the Minister?

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about supervision lately for various projects: how supervisors can deliver good supervision; how supervisees can get what they need from supervision; how organisations can embed reflective supervision that is purposeful.

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