Social work employer standard 5: Ensuring appropriate supervision

Ensure that social workers have regular and appropriate social work supervision.

The requirements for this standard are summarised below.

View the full details for this standard on the LGA website.

  • Ensure that social work supervision is not treated as an isolated activity by incorporating it into the organisation’s social work accountability framework.
  • Promote continuous learning and knowledge sharing through which social workers are encouraged to draw out learning points by reflecting on their own cases in light of the experiences of peers.
  • Provide regular supervision training for social work supervisors.
  • Assign explicit responsibility for the oversight of appropriate supervision and for issues that arise during supervision.
  • Provide additional professional supervision by a registered social worker for practitioners whose line manager is not a social worker.
  • Ensure that supervision takes place regularly and consistently.
  • Make sure that supervision takes place at least weekly for the first six weeks of employment of a newly qualified social worker, at least fortnightly for the duration of the first six months, and a minimum of monthly supervision thereafter.
  • Ensure that supervision sessions last at least an hour and a half of uninterrupted time.
  • Monitor actual frequency and quality of supervision against clear statements about what is expected.

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