It is important that you have the opportunity to reflect on your own learning and development needs going forward and to consider how you can maximise your impact as a practice supervisor.
We want to encourage you to focus on thinking about what kind of practice supervisor you want to be because in the busyness of practice contexts it is easy to overlook prioritising your own learning and development needs.
The resources in this section provide you with an opportunity to revisit two tools which you may have already completed in the first section of this website ‘Your journey to being a practice supervisor’. We clearly indicate where tools have been included in earlier sections.
You can also access new tools which allow you to focus on thinking about how you want to continue to develop your skills further going forward from here.
The impact of working differently as a practice supervisor
In this short film two practice supervisors who attended the PSDP reflect on how the programme inspired them to apply their new ideas and learning with the staff they supervise. They highlight the very real difference even small changes can make in strengthening team culture, boosting resilience and supporting practice improvements with children and families.
Evaluating your learning needs using the KSS for practice supervisors
This learning needs evaluation provides an opportunity to reflect on your areas of achievement and learning needs using the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for child and family practice supervisors. It supports you to engage in a reflective discussion with your line manager focusing on your achievements and support needs as a practice supervisor.
You may have already accessed this tool in the ‘Your journey to being a practice supervisor’ section of the website On the PSDP we ask practice supervisors to complete an evaluation of learning needs three times – as they start the programme, just after teaching has ended and six months later. Having looked at the resources on this website you may want to complete this learning evaluation again to review whether this has had any impact on your skills, knowledge or confidence in role.
Manager’s evaluation of your learning needs using the KSS for practice supervisors
Practice supervisors need to have opportunities to explore challenges, dilemmas and achievements in their own reflective supervision discussions with line managers. A key element of these discussions is having the opportunity to receive regular feedback from your line manager about what you are doing well and areas where further development is needed. You can use this tool to ask your line manager to review your work against the KSS for child and family practice supervisors.
You may already have accessed this tool in the ‘Your journey to being a practice supervisor’ section of the website. It is useful to ask your line manager to regularly review your learning needs against the KSS and to give you developmental feedback. You may find it useful to ask your line manager to complete this learning evaluation again, if you have used other resources on this website to review whether this has had any impact on your skills, knowledge or confidence in role.
Seeking evidence of the quality and impact of supervision
This tool encourages you to think about how you can evaluate the quality and impact of supervision using an evidence-informed approach.
Using a research-informed approach to evaluate the quality of supervision
This tool will help you to evaluate the quality of your supervision and the difference it makes for both supervisees and children and families. The tool is informed by recent research findings about the key elements of effective supervision in child and family social work. A questionnaire is provided for you to seek feedback from supervisees in order to help you identify areas for development in relation to supervision.
Reviewing your learning
You can use this tool to review your learning and plan how you will work on any areas of development related to your role as practice supervisor using the principles of training transfer.
Please read the short briefing ‘Training transfer: getting learning into practice’ first before accessing the learning tool which draws on the information presented in the briefing.
Using ‘rich pictures’ to further develop supervision skills
Rich pictures are a creative way of analysing information differently using ideas and imagery. This final tool provides an opportunity for you to develop your own rich picture in response to the following prompt questions:
- What aspects of supervision do you want to develop further?
- How might you engage your team members with this?
- How will you review existing supervisory relationships and what will you do when you start a new supervision relationship?