Aspirations For The New ‘Supervising The Supervisor’ Programme

Practice Supervisor Development Programme extended

Published: 06/04/2021

Author: Research in Practice

The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) has been highly rated by the social care sector and we are delighted to announce that the programme has been extended for a fourth year.

Over the course of the next year the PSDP will continue to offer two continuing professional development (CPD) programmes, delivered virtually. These will include:

Places are open to practice supervisors who supervise qualified social workers, regardless of length of time in post. Previously nominations were only accepted for practice supervisors with five years in post – we hope that this allows your organisation to nominate supervisors who would benefit most from taking part in the PSDP. 

As part of this nomination process the PSDP is inviting local authorities and trusts to reflect on whether nominations are representative of their workforce demographic and we would encourage you to do so as part of the nomination process. Access the latest published data on the ethnicity of children and family social workers or contact the PSDP team for a guide on regional ethnicity data on workforce demographics.

Information about the nomination process will be sent out shortly to Directors of Children’s Services, Principal Social Workers and points of contact within your organisation. Please contact should you have any questions. There will be two phases for nomination opportunities (spring and autumn). The deadline for spring nominations is 30 April.

About the PSDP

The PSDP is a significant investment by the Department for Education and aims to provide high-quality CPD to social workers who are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

Led by a consortium comprising of Research in Practice, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation TrustGoldsmiths 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.

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.


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