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Seeing More, Better Sight: Using an Interprofessional Model of Supervision to Support Reflective Child Protection Practice Within the Health Setting

Kelly, Selina, Green, Tracee (2019) Seeing More, Better Sight: Using an Interprofessional Model of Supervision to Support Reflective Child Protection Practice Within the Health Setting. The British Journal of Social Work, . ISSN 0045-3102. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcz030) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Despite an extensive history in developing, delivering and leading child protection (CP) services, social workers are not an explicit part of the health-based response to CP in the UK. In this setting, a biomedical discourse dominates, with doctors and nurses fulfilling the roles of named and designated safeguarding professionals. Supervision for these health professionals, while considered necessary, has a multi-layered system of governance with no clear policies to guide its content and purpose. This article will argue that the inclusion of social work expertise in health-based CP services, through an interprofessional approach to supervision, can offer clarity to the operationalisation of supervision and support integrated service development. A model for supervision, with experienced social workers engaged to supervise named safeguarding professionals, is outlined and informed by a psychodynamic perspective. With both CP and supervision an inherent part of the social work tradition, social workers are well placed to use specialist knowledge and insight within the health setting, through supervision, to strengthen reflective practice in this complex area of service delivery.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcz030
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Child Protection
Depositing User: Tracee Green
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 15:05 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 15:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77432 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Green, Tracee: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3217-8359
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