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  • Managers ensure that Social Workers are compliant with organisational codes of conduct and are registered and compliant with the HCPC standards
  • Managers understand that the function of supervision is to enable agencies to develop a workforce that is confident, authoritative, assertive, supporting and challenging; with practitioners who know what is expected of them and who can critically reflect on their practice experiences and learn from them
  • Managers understand this will lead to quality social work practice, improved service delivery, and better outcomes for children
  • Managers understand that supervision is seen as a key component of the package of support and help offered to children and their families
  • Each new starter (or returning worker) will have a comprehensive induction in accordance with St. Helens Council’s induction policy
  • Supervision is provided as outlined in the supervision policy
  • Supervision will be offered at a minimum of 1 ½ hours every four weeks and more frequently for NQSW’s and/or when service or practitioner needs require it
  • Managers monitor their compliance with St. Helens Council supervision policy, and immediately rearrange supervision if it has to be missed; and notify senior leads if they are unable to comply with the requisite level of supervision for their team members
  • All supervision is critically reflective and challenges practice, effectiveness of interventions and assumptions made by the Social Worker
  • Supervision supports the health and wellbeing of social work practitioners, and is focused on building professional resilience and confidence
  • Supervision addresses the Continuous Professional Development of Social Workers and ensures they receive ongoing training matched to their skills, experience and knowledge base
  • There is evidence that the workers’ progress and learning are regularly explored and the impact of training on performance identified
  • Records of supervision are to be added to the system within one week of formal supervision
  • Direct observation of the Social Worker in action is regarded as an integral component of supervision and provides critical feedback relating to their direct practice with children and families
  • There is a clearly articulated rationale for decision making in all records of supervision

Early Help

  • Early Help Workers
  • Early Help Workers will receive monthly supervision from the Early Help Team Manager as per guidelines of the supervision policy

  • ASYE Early Help Workers
  • ASYE Early Help Worker will be supervised as per ASYE policy guidelines by the Early Help Team Manager

  • Family Intervention Coordinators
  • Family intervention Coordinators will receive monthly supervision from the Early Help Team Manager as per guidelines of the supervision policy  
  • Family Intervention Workers
  • Family intervention Workers will receive monthly supervision from the Family intervention Coordinator as per guideline of the supervision policy


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