The post-qualifying standards supervisors pathway supports employers and practice supervisors to demonstrate their capability and develop their professional confidence.
This recommended pathway for social work supervisors in adult social care is an employer-led programme of support and assessment against the post-qualification standards. The aim is to develop national consistency in supervision practice and knowledge. The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care were published at the end of 2018.
It’s a key area of service development which is part of the Chief Social Worker's vision for the future of the social work profession, as set out below:
We've developed guidance and templates for completing a portfolio of evidence, which links to our infographic. These supporting documents are in the section below titled 'Portfolio contents/checklist'.
There are three main components to the portfolio: the initial review, mid-point review and end-point review. The full version of the portfolio can be downloaded, with the individual templates broken down below. These documents form the basis of the guidance for the post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors. They were produced with the support of the six early implementation (EI) sites and the sub reference group.
Part one: Initial review:
Part two: Mid-point review
Part three: End-point review
Research in Practice's developing reflective supervision programme
This programme aims to upskill practice supervisors in adult social care and support the implementation of the post-qualifying standards for adult social work. It's delivered by Research in Practice and supported by the Department for Health and Social Care.
The programme will support practice supervisors to:
- build confidence as leaders
- consider their role in enabling high-quality practice as a supervisor
- engage with up-to-date evidence regarding the importance of reflective, curious and relational supervision
- explore anti-racist practice
- practice using tools and approaches to support supervision.
Research in Practice has a number of tools to support observation, supervisor development, feedback, critical reflection, amongst others.