Professional Supervision In Social Care

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Professional supervision in social care This piece of work will focus on professional supervision in social care practice. I will examine it in a national and international context; discuss its significance and how to develop a supervision document. Lastly, I will share my own experience regarding placement supervision. Supervision as we know it today originates from the 19th century. It started with the Charity Organization Society in the U.S. There are very few references known before 1920. These are mostly concerned with administrative supervision of social care agencies. However, the main concept is somewhat similar as of today. The agent should be able to guide and inspire others, ready to step in and help when necessary. As supervision…show more content…
The term supervision is widely interpreted in the context of monitoring, observing and training. Professional supervision is a key element of every successful workplace. In Irish context it is “...a working alliance between professionals where supervisees offer an account of their work, reflect on it, receive feedback and guidance, with the objective being enable the “supervisees” to gain in ethical competency, confidence and creativity so as to give the best possible service to their client.” (career vision, 2014)1. To compare it with an international definition: “professional supervision is a process to enable and guide a practitioner towards competent and accountable…show more content…
It is an ongoing process and a dynamic concept which changes in the same way as any relationship. The primary functions are: administrative case management, reflecting on and learning from practice, personal support, professional development and mediation. This is different to the supervision one might receive from boss or manager. In my opinion, a supervisor is like a bridge between the staff and organization they work for. It is a reflective process of shared learning by the social worker and their manager. Supervision is about taking care of oneself, being self-aware and developing skills. The focus is on developing and enhancing effective practice skills based on up-to-date research. It provides base for progressive continuing professional development. The successful organizations have a skilful, knowledgeable staff who knows their roles and are assisted by advice and emotional support. This support should be given by a good supervisor as effective and structured supervision generates good outcomes for

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