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LB Waltham Forest – Reflective Supervision

We developed a reflective supervision course for the London Borough of Waltham Forest which was delivered virtually over three half days. The aim was to further develop and enhance the skills of those already working in a supervisory role. The course was interactive and required supervisors to reflect on their practice and to explore the place of supervision within their workplace leading to the creation of personal, team, and/or workforce points for action moving forward.

 The course covered topics such as:

  • Definitions of supervision and its purposes within social work practice
  • What makes supervision reflective?
  • Using a systemic model of supervision
  • What makes a ‘good’ supervisor?
  • Supervision contracts and the role and responsibilities of supervisees in ensuring that their supervision is effective.
  • Understanding ‘stuck or blocked’ behaviour and its impact on performance – how can we support workers to move beyond this position?
  • Identifying and responding to the emotional impact of the work and stress
  • Building resilient workers


“The training was very informative, and the trainer made it very current and relevant to our daily practice. I would definitely recommend this to my colleagues and hope the council will provide more dates and opportunities for others to attend.”

“I thought it was a very interesting training course, it gave me lots to think about and was very well delivered.”

“This was fantastic training - thank you - really helpful to me and I look forward to the slides!”

“This course was a refresher course for me. I picked up some useful tips and guidance around how to structure my supervision sessions with supervisees which help to focus a more reflective environment.”

“I have learnt so much from this course that has helped with my confidence and has given me the Knowledge to support staff.”

“It gave me things to think about and reflect on in terms of how I approach supervision, and how I can make it work for me and anyone I supervise.”