Jane Wannacott

Developing and Supporting Effective Staff Supervision Reader


A reader to support the delivery of staff supervision training for those working with vulnerable children, adults and their families



Developing and Supporting Effective Staff Supervision draws on the core concepts in Tony Morrison’s Staff Supervision in Social Care (Pavilion, 2005) and demonstrates how they can be used to train staff to deliver sound and effective supervision that makes a real difference to service users.

The author of this pack, Jane Wonnacott, was a close colleague of Tony Morrison and worked with him at In-Trac Training and Consultancy Ltd.

This reader accompanies the training pack of the same name and is for use by experienced trainers who are well grounded in supervision practice and theory. The reader gives further detail on supervision theory and provides a good source of preparatory material.

While the reader aims to draw out the main building blocks of the supervision model outlined in Staff Supervision in Social Care (Pavilion, 2005), as well as the more recent developments of this the approach, it is not meant to be a ‘dumbing down’ or an over-simplification of the issues. The underpinning belief throughout the reader is that working with human relationships is complex and demanding and cannot be packaged neatly into a one-size-fits-all prescribed way of responding.

The supervision model and accompanying tools have always been designed to enable practitioners to respond to the individual nature of the issues they are working with and create the a reflective space for exploring challenging issues and ideas, using the knowledge generated through the process to inform both front line practice and the strategic direction of the organisation.

The joy of Morrison’s approach has always been the way in which it takes complex ideas, makes them accessible to a wide audience and alongside this gives people tools to help them in their day-to-day practice. This publication aims to continue this approach by reminding readers of core aspects of the model which, if implemented, will provide the foundations for an approach to supervision that makes a real difference to those using social care and health services.

Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.


This handbook is aimed at experienced supervisors who are providing training to supervisors in health and social care settings.


ISBN: 9781908993557
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 16 January 2014
The seven chapters are:

  1. What difference can supervision make?
  2. An integrated approach to the delivery of supervision – the 4x4x4 model
  3. Developing the supervisory relationship
  4. Working positively with emotions in supervision
  5. Supervising frontline practice: working with complexity
  6. Supervising to improve performance
  7. Supervision training in context: supporting, developing and sustaining supervisors.


Jane Wonnacott is director of professional practice at In-Trac Training and Consultancy Ltd. She qualified as a social worker in 1979 and for the past 20 years has been working as an independent trainer and consultant. In this role she has worked with numerous statutory and voluntary organisations developing and delivering training as well as working on other projects including practice audits, policy development and serious case reviews.

Jane has a long-standing interest in supervision and has developed and delivered supervision training courses both in the UK and abroad. She co-wrote, with Tony Morrison, the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s guide and training programme for the supervisors of social workers in the first three years of their professional development. Since Tony’s death in 2010, In-Trac has continued to develop these training materials and from 2009–2013 trained over 9,000 supervisors working within health and social care.


  1. Mel Thornton

    An excellent book which I have used as a supervisor and as a trainer. I have recommended the book to colleagues and they have found it very useful. It is a practical guide that works well alongside Tony Morrisons material. Quick and simple which practitioners need, an essential guide for all those who are passionate about the importance of good supervision.

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