‘A nice idea but…..’: Implementing a reflective supervision model in the National Probation Service in England and Wales.

AINSLIE, Samantha, FOWLER, Andrew, PHILLIPS, Jake and WESTABY, Chalen (2022). ‘A nice idea but…..’: Implementing a reflective supervision model in the National Probation Service in England and Wales. Reflective Practice.

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Despite significant research and literature relating to the role of critically reflective practice and staff supervision in ‘helping professions’, there has been less attention given to probation practice. This article addresses this gap by presenting the findings from a study which explores the implementation of a reflective model of staff supervision in the National Probation Service. Utilising a mixed methods research design including a survey and semi-structured interviews with managers and front-line practitioners, the study sheds light on probation staff experiences of reflective supervision and manager perspectives of implementing the model. Overall, we find that probation staff are supportive of the ethos and underpinning principles of the reflective supervision model. However, our participants raised important barriers to implementation, most notably a lack of time and perceived tension between the managerial and developmental aspects of the supervisor role. We conclude by arguing that the Probation Service needs to address these barriers to enable reflective supervision to realise its potential to protect practitioner emotional well-being, support positive outcomes for individuals subject to probation intervention and develop practitioner professionalism, empowerment and autonomy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 13 Education; 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2022.2066075
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 11:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30109

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