Additional resources to support practice supervisors available now

20 February 2020

Our partners at Research in Practice have released a new suite of materials to support practice supervisors, commissioned as part of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme. 

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The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) is a significant investment by the Department for Education (DfE) and aims to provide high-quality continuous professional development (CPD) to up to 700 social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

The wholly not-for-profit consortium led by Research in Practice includes: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation TrustUniversity of Sussex and Goldsmiths, University of London. The Consortium is supported by a number of skilled Local Delivery Partners comprising universities, Teaching Partnerships and trusted CPD providers in every region.

In November last year open access resources aimed at supporting practice supervisors in key aspects of their role were successfully launched. Now, a second stage of materials has now been released, including two new kinds of resources, developed by a range of contributors from academic and practice contexts in social work. The resources include:

  • Knowledge briefings – designed to provide a practical and accessible overview of current knowledge and research in relation to ten key topic areas.
  • Briefings for senior managers – designed to support practice supervisors with strategies that enable them to be effective in their role.

The resources can be used by all practice supervisors in child and family social work regardless of length of time in role or experience. They are informed by the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) and focus on promoting strengths-based and relational approaches to child and family social work, with much of the content also being relevant to practice supervisors working in other settings.

Many of the resources are adapted from teaching materials used on the PSDP and are drawn from research and practice evidence, as well as learning from the lived experience of children and families.

Being a practice supervisor is a skilled and challenging job. They are responsible for the quality of service which children and families receive and also play a key role in supporting supervisees to become emotionally resilient practitioners. Find out more in this blog from Alison Domakin, Practice and Engagement Lead for the Practice Supervisor Development Programme. 

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