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How does supervision work?

Supervision is primarily a place where professionals can reflect on practice, so as to contain and process their work. It can be individual or take place in a group. Supervision helps to regulate the stress involved in working in challenging environments and with vulnerable people. It can be used in a number of ways:

  • to think about institutional and team dynamics
  • to find support with working within a role
  • to facilitate communication between group members in large and small settings.
  • to help contain difficult feelings brought up by working with vulnerable children, their families, and other vulnerable adults
  • to help one to understand the meaning of children’s and adults’ behaviour
  • to promote understanding of children’s emotional development
  • to provide a space to think psychodynamically about therapeutic work