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

Warwick, Lisa, Beddoe, Liz, Leigh, Jadwiga, Disney, Tom, Ferguson, Harry and Cooner, Tarsem (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: Research and Practice. ISSN 1473-3250 (In Press)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ES/N012423/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supervision, Child protection, Ethnography, Case study, Staff retention, Organisational culture
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 13:59
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 12:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49567

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