Practice Supervisor Development Programme

This in-depth course is informed by sector engagement, provides dedicated development to first-time managers and encompasses theory, practice and culture.

The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) is a significant investment by the Department for Education and aims to provide high-quality continuous professional development (CPD) to up to 1000 social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

Key programme aims include empowering practitioners to build confidence, mobilising academic knowledge and practice expertise, and working in partnership with the sector. The programme also engages with organisational culture, recognising the key role that employers and leaders play in enabling high-quality learning.

Led by a strong consortium comprising of Research in Practice, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Goldsmiths University and the University of Sussex, the course content has been developed following a robust scoping exercise and engagement with the children and families sector.

The course encompasses face-to-face ‘classroom’ sessions, small group practice development, as well as individual development sessions. A series of self and manager evaluations are also carried out at intervals, prior to starting the course, at the end of the course and some months after to establish levels of skills, knowledge and confidence and future CPD needs. Face-to-face sessions are in three blocks with two being residential, to allow protected learning time.

It is a testament to the success of the programme that several organisations have approached us to commission bespoke delivery which, with permission from Department for Education, can be tailored to their needs and be available to a wider group.

Bespoke deliveries can range from adapting materials and content to suit a particular group or dynamic, to purchasing the full PSDP model. One organisation intends to deliver the PSDP to all children and families managers and their leaders, with the aim to embed whole systems change. Another has been offered a reduced number of PSDP days and content, as well as the ability to manage some aspects of logistics in-house. Depending on the requirements and funding available to your organisation, a variety of options can be agreed.

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Practice Supervisor Development Programme

This in-depth course is informed by sector engagement, provides dedicated development to first-time managers and encompasses theory, practice and culture.
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