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Why does systemic supervision support practitioners' practice more effectively with children and families?

Bostock, Lisa, Patrizio, Louis, Godfrey, Tessa and Forrester, Donald ORCID: 2022. Why does systemic supervision support practitioners' practice more effectively with children and families? Children and Youth Services Review 142 , 106652. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106652

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The importance of supervision for social work practice is widely accepted. This paper focuses on one type of supervision: systemic group supervision or “systemic supervision”. Systemic social work practice is generally a group-based, multi-disciplinary model of service delivery that aims to work therapeutically with the whole family. Central to this model is the use of systemically-informed group supervision. This has been shown to impact positively on the quality of direct practice with families, but what is it about this type of supervision that supports frontline practitioners to practice more skillfully? This paper is based on interviews with 49 frontline staff across five children’s services departments in the UK. It identifies the key features of systemic supervision and explores why workers think that developing shared understandings of risk to children supports them to intervene more effectively with families in contact with children’s services. These findings contribute to a growing body of knowledge about the practice shaping function of supervision within child and family social work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0190-7409
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 September 2022
Date of Acceptance: 25 August 2022
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 00:26

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