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Handledning: En kvalitativ studie om socialarbetares upplevelser av handledningens betydelse inom barn- och familjesektorn i socialtjänsten
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Supervision : A qualitative research of social workers experiences of supervisions impact working with children and families (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to get a better understanding of social workers experiences of supervisions impact on social work with children and families. The two research questions where: Which are social workers needs of supervision? And does social workers perceive supervision as a tool for professional development and learning? The study´s empirical findings were a result of semi-structured interviews with five social workers in the social service department. The study´s theoretical framework was based on two different theories: new institutionalism, which is a specialization within organizational theory, and system theory perspective. The result found that social workers experiences supervision as an opportunity for support and reflection, which encourages them to develop professional skills in their daily work. Supervision had an effect on social workers self-confidence and wellbeing by adding expertise, which gave more structure, energy and stress relief in their work. The interviews also showed that supervision had a direct impact on the interaction and the team climate within a working group. However, certain terms and conditions must have been considered to call supervision successful. The supervisors responsibility to lead, see the groups needs and have an over all perspective was mentioned as one condition for good supervision. Another term was that the group cooperated and showed professionalism and respect towards one another. It was very important that supervision took place in a safe environment and that all group members felt trust towards their colleagues and supervisor. This way they where able to learn from each others experiences and show vulnerability and emotions which could contribute to reflection and professional development. Furthermore, social workers emphasise supervision as positive and a necessary tool in order to achieve an efficient and well functioning workplace.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Supervision, social worker, social services, support, reflection, professionalism
Keyword [sv]
Handledning, socialarbetare, socialtjänsten, professionellt agerande, stöd
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53540OAI: diva2:937222
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
2016-06-15, Kalmar, 10:43 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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