Social work employer standard 5: Ensuring appropriate supervision
Ensure that social workers have regular and appropriate social work supervision.
The requirements for this standard are summarised below.
- Ensure that social work supervision is not treated as an isolated activity by incorporating it into the organisation’s social work accountability framework.
- Promote continuous learning and knowledge sharing through which social workers are encouraged to draw out learning points by reflecting on their own cases in light of the experiences of peers.
- Provide regular supervision training for social work supervisors.
- Assign explicit responsibility for the oversight of appropriate supervision and for issues that arise during supervision.
- Provide additional professional supervision by a registered social worker for practitioners whose line manager is not a social worker.
- Ensure that supervision takes place regularly and consistently.
- Make sure that supervision takes place at least weekly for the first six weeks of employment of a newly qualified social worker, at least fortnightly for the duration of the first six months, and a minimum of monthly supervision thereafter.
- Ensure that supervision sessions last at least an hour and a half of uninterrupted time.
- Monitor actual frequency and quality of supervision against clear statements about what is expected.