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Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare StatesPolicies, Services and Professional Practices$
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Björn Blom, Lars Evertsson, and Marek Perlinski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327196

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327196.001.0001

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Professional supervision and professional autonomy

Professional supervision and professional autonomy

(p.53) Four Professional supervision and professional autonomy
Social and Caring Professions in European Welfare States

Synnöve Karvinen-Niinikoski

Liz Beddoe

Gillian Ruch

Ming-sum Tsui

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This chapter examines the rapidly growing phenomenon of professional supervision, which has become a central element of several modern professions. The expansion of supervision goes hand in hand with professionalization processes, but also with the emergence of new managerial regimes like New Public Management. Supervision can therefore be seen as both an instrument of protecting professional autonomy and an instrument of implying politically and economically conditioned forms of governance or a governmental mentality. But the authors see a potential for “critically reflective supervision” that can help to recognise and manage the fine balance between the supportive and surveillance or managerial organisational dimensions. A conclusion is that supervision can both contribute to the development of professionals themselves and their field of work.

Keywords:   professional supervision, professional autonomy, new public management, governance, critically reflective supervision

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