New resources to support practice supervisors in their role

Practice supervisors play an important role in supporting supervisees to become emotionally resilient practitioners and ensuring that social workers provide an excellent service to children and families. This website contains resources and tools to support practice supervisors in child and family social work who are responsible for supervising the practice of others. Many of the resources are adapted from teaching materials used on the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

Wave 3

Next wave of Practice Supervisor Development Programme starts in September 2020.

We are delighted to announce that the Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) has been funded for a third year.

Since 2018, the PSDP has provided high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) for approximately 800 practice supervisors throughout England making the transition from practitioner to first-line manager. The programme has been very well received by the sector and from September 2020 we will be offering more places for practice supervisors with up to five years’ experience to participate.

The Department for Education have also asked for a new programme for managers of the PSDP participants who have already completed the programme. This will provide an opportunity for these ‘managers of managers’ to:

These programmes will be designed in a way that allows for virtual delivery, allowing for greater flexibility. The PSDP team will be in touch with Principal Social Workers over the coming weeks with further details about these CPD programmes and the nomination process.

Participant registration

The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) team have reached out to all local authorities in England to request nominations for participants to take part in our previous events.

Wave 1 and 2 registration deadline has now passed. More information will follow soon about Wave 3 registrations.

If you would like further information about the course, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Who we are and what we are doing?

Research in Practice, together with a group of partners, have formed a consortium to develop and deliver a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme funded by the Department for Education.

The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) is a significant investment by the Department for Education (DfE) and aims to provide high-quality continuous professional development (CPD) to up to 700 social workers taking up their first role in which they are responsible for supporting and developing the practice of others.

The wholly not-for-profit consortium led by Research in Practice includes: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sussex and Goldsmiths, University of London. The consortium will work with a number of skilled ‘local delivery partners’ comprising universities, Teaching Partnerships and trusted CPD providers in every region.

The consortium and partners are working to design a creative and evidence-informed approach to delivering the PSDP; developed with the sector, for the sector. It will reflect, but not be limited to, the requirements of the Knowledge and Skills Statements and will complement the wealth of existing CPD activity in this field. Over the next two years, every local authority will be entitled to places on this national programme, and in addition an open-access online resource will be developed, providing useful materials to all those who wish to engage with this programme.

The consortium brings a unique combination of topic evidence expertise, experience of delivering complex learning and development programmes at a national scale and proven credibility with the children’s sector.

Key aims and values of the PSDP include empowering practitioners to build confidence, mobilising academic knowledge and practice expertise, and working in partnership with the sector. The programme will also engage with organisational culture, recognising the key role that employers and leaders play in enabling high-quality learning for Practice Supervisors.

Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice said:

‘Practice Supervisors play a vital role in enabling excellent social work practice. These newly-appointed colleagues are taking on significant responsibility and deserve the best possible support to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence. We are delighted to be hosting this programme and are extremely proud to be working with such a fantastic range of partners. Collectively and individually, we bring a great deal of expertise, and are committed to working collaboratively with others who are active in this field. Importantly, we will develop this programme in close consultation with the sector – ensuring that research knowledge, practice wisdom and the voice of children and families is at the heart of everything we do.’