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Does reflective supervision have a future in English local authority child and family social work?

Wilkins, David 2017. Does reflective supervision have a future in English local authority child and family social work? Journal of Children's Services 12 (2/3) , pp. 164-173. 10.1108/JCS-06-2017-0024

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the underlying assumption that social workers need reflective supervision specifically, as opposed to managerial or any other form of supervision or support, and to consider whether our focus on the provision of reflective supervision may be preventing us from thinking more broadly and creatively about what support local authority child and family social workers need and how best to provide it. Design/methodology/approach The paper provides an argument based on the author’s own research and a selective review of the literature. Findings Reflective supervision has no future in local authority child and family social work because: first, there is no clear understanding of what reflective supervision is; second, there is no clear evidence for its effectiveness; and third, sizeable proportion of local authority child and family social workers in England do not receive reflective supervision and many never have. Originality/value The paper challenges the received wisdom about the value of reflective supervision and advocates exploring alternative models for supporting best practice in child and family social work.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1746-6660
Date of Acceptance: 6 September 2017
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2018 15:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/113291

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