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Continuing professional development in social work$
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Carmel Halton, Fred Powell, and Margaret Scanlon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307372

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307372.001.0001

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(p.91) Five Supervision
Continuing professional development in social work

Carmel Halton

Fred Powell

Margaret Scanlon

Policy Press

Based on a national study of social workers in Ireland, the authors consider the issues that are currently shaping supervisory practice. The findings of our survey and interviews reveal that the concept of supervision has a contested meaning. In addition, the experiences of our research participants demonstrate that practices of supervision are varied and erratic. The research demonstrates that supervision policies and practices are largely determined by a number of variables including, organisational cultures, managers’ attitudes and social workers own commitment to engaging with the process. Many of the interviewees’ accounts of their experiences of supervision reflect the challenges and tensions that exist in seeking out a form of supervision that is appropriate and responsive to their professional needs. The chapter links the findings of research to the findings of public enquiry the reports into failures in supervision. More positive developments in supervision, related to reflective practice, are explored.

Keywords:   Supervision, Reflective practice, Variables in supervision, Organisational culture, Attitude of managers

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