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Not a luxury

We know that supervision is important and that social workers value it. Supervision helps morale, confidence, and retention of staff. However, we also hear from practitioners and managers that good supervision is hard to find.

In these podcasts we make the connection between containment - support to understand, process and learn from the emotional aspect of social work - and good supervision. Good supervision looks like someone walking out feeling better - less anxious, more confident, clearer about what to do - than when they went in.

We argue that good supervision and day-to-day support is not a luxury. We need it to work safely and to help others. And we talk through the practicalities of what to do if you are not getting good supervision.

We want all social workers to feel able to take steps to get the supervision that they deserve.

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Geraldine Nosowska, Jo Fox
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