The power of relationship-based supervision in supporting social work retention:A case study from long-term ethnographic research in child protection

Warwick, Lisa and Beddoe, Liz and Leigh, Jadwiga and Disney, Tom and Ferguson, Harry and Cooner, Tarsem Singh (2022) The power of relationship-based supervision in supporting social work retention:A case study from long-term ethnographic research in child protection. Qualitative Social Work. ISSN 1473-3250

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Abstract

Supervision is a core component of professional support and development in social work. In many settings, and perhaps particularly in children’s services, it is valued as crucial in safe decision-making, practice reflection, professional development and staff support. Research has demonstrated that supervision and staff support also contribute to social worker retention in child welfare services. Drawing on data gathered in a 15-month ethnographic, longitudinal study of child protection work that included observations of supervision, we were able to observe the impact of supportive supervisory relationships on social workers’ decision-making about staying in their current workplace. This article presents a single case that demonstrates the potential impact of effective relationship-based supervision on retention and calls for a more humane approach to social work supervision against dominant managerial themes that have increasingly burdened the profession.

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Journal Article
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Qualitative Social Work
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177525
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20 Oct 2022 12:25
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Yes
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Published
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22 Nov 2022 11:49