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Supervision: Brief Guide (2019)

Published: 01/07/2019

Author: Nosowaska G


What is… supervision in adult social care?

Supervision is when one worker in adult social care (the supervisor) is given responsibility to work with another worker or a group of workers (supervisee/s) to help them do a good job. The supervisor supports supervisees to meet professional and personal objectives, so that they can promote the best outcomes for the adults and carers they work with.

The aim of supervision is to promote the wellbeing of adults and carers who are receiving support.

Every worker in adult social care, whatever their job or experience, should have supervision. This usually happens every month for around 1-2 hours. The supervisor is generally their line manager and should have an understanding of the worker’s professional background and role.

Good supervision means everyone working in the social care sector is supported and able to think about how to improve their practice. They can then make better judgements about how to help adults and carers. This should then lead to better experiences and outcomes for adults and carers. As the worker learns and develops from supervision they can help the organisation they work for understand how to improve, so that it becomes a better place to work and provides better services.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationship-based practice supervision | Person-centred practice | Supervision, critical analysis and reflection

CQC - Effective | Well led

PCF - Critical reflection and analysis | Professional leadership

RCOT - Service users | Support development