The Social Work Reform Board in England (2010): “All organisations employing social workers should make a positive, unambiguous commitment to a strong culture of supervision, reflective practice and adaptive learning….”
Are we there yet?
I’d love to know what you think about what seem to me to be contradictory priorities. On the one hand supervisees and supervisors are encouraged to be ‘reflective’ in supervision, an activity which, but its very nature, requires transparency trust, openness and a willingness to consider how practice might be improved. An essential pedagogic activity is to learning from our mistakes, like learning to walk, picking ourselves up and having another go. Reflective activities in supervision are presumably seeking to promote this kind of learning. On the other hand, supervisors are also often and equally responsible for line and performance management, activities which by their very nature, are not conducive to transparency and openess, making it less likely that supervisees will be able to consider their mistakes and in so doing, decreasing its likely effectiveness as a tool for learning. Supervsion might then actually be anti-educational. perhaps?
Do we have a problem or am I missing something?
Is supervision the right forum for performance and line management?