Achieving Effective Supervision

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Key points:

- Supervision is an essential component of practice in social work and social care, not just for frontline staff, but at all levels in an organisation.
- Effective supervision provides a safe space for workers to reflect on their practice, as well as to develop skills and knowledge.
- The delivery of supervision is heavily dependent on the organisational context.
- While the evidence base on supervision is limited, the available evidence points to good supervision being associated with job satisfaction, organisational commitment and retention of staff.
- The dynamics of supervision can be extremely complex, and delivering effective supervision is a skilled task which requires support and training for supervisors.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInstitute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Commissioning bodyThe Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2015


  • effective supervision
  • social work
  • social care

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    Kettle, M. (2015). Achieving Effective Supervision. Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services.