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Supervising Child Protection Practice: What Works?: An Evidence Informed Approach

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The opportunity to debate and discuss the contested nature of various forms knowledge can be offered throughout the “story” in order to assist participants to work with a degree of uncertainty. This activity may generate new hypotheses, perspectives and potentially expose gaps in the available information. Rather than being experienced as a learning opportunity it may serve to heighten anxiety when relatively inexperienced practitioners crave solutions and certainty. The supervisor’s task at this point of phase two is to contain distress and anxiety (Ruch 2007) and to assist the practitioner to appreciate that ambiguity and uncertainty are normative in child protection practice.

As leaders, supervisors were praised for being visionary and motivational in their approach, whilst maintaining a genuine interest in individual staff members. Leadership skills were consistently mentioned, too, as a skill set distinct from having other forms of knowledge, and one of the outcomes of skilfully implemented leadership was enhanced role clarity. Gaining and maintaining a sense of role clarity, understanding what was expected of them and what was outside their sphere of influence, provided supervisees with an “anchor”.

Interestingly, a supervisee pointed to performance management as both a potential constraint and an aide to learning in the context of supervision. ” Theme 4: Leadership Perhaps unsurprisingly, effective supervisors were also viewed as effective leaders, who modelled leadership behaviours that were respectful, transparent and fair. As leaders, supervisors were praised for being visionary and motivational in their approach, whilst maintaining a genuine interest in individual staff members. Leadership skills were consistently mentioned, too, as a skill set distinct from having other forms of knowledge, and one of the outcomes of skilfully implemented leadership was enhanced role clarity.

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