Jane Wannacott

Developing and Supporting Effective Staff Supervision Training Pack

Training pack

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

This flexible training resource trains supervisors to deliver sound and effective staff supervision that makes a real difference to the users of services.



The Developing and Supporting Effective Staff Supervision training pack focuses on training supervisors to deliver one-to-one supervision. Its flexible structure enables trainers to design their own bespoke training programmes.

Through group and pair work, participants are actively encouraged to examine and explore their own practice and work together to extend their thinking and improve their skills as supervisors. This pack goes beyond merely teaching theory and actively encourages professional reflection and development.

The training sessions cover: the 4x4x4 model of supervision, the supervision cycle, the impact of emotions, working positively with anxiety, developing and reviewing the supervision agreement and relationship, the blocked cycle, improving practice, and more.

This training pack accompanies the Developing and Supporting Effective Staff Supervision reader and is for use by experienced trainers who are well grounded in supervision practice and theory.

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


ISBN: 9781908993540
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 16 January 2014
The training sessions cover:

  • The 4x4x4 model of supervision
  • The supervision cycle
  • The impact of emotions
  • Working positively with anxiety
  • Developing and reviewing the supervision agreement and relationship
  • The blocked cycle, improving practice, and more.


  • Introduction to the course: option 1
  • Introduction to the course: option 2
  • What do we mean by supervision?
  • Supervision and outcomes for service users
  • The stakeholder exercise
  • The supervision history
  • Introduction to the supervision cycle
  • Factors affecting the supervisory relationship: why is a supervision agreement important?
  • Developing the relationship: working with diversity and the role of the supervision agreement
  • Working with emotions: the red and green cycles
  • Working positively with the transition
  • Supervising frontline practise in health and social care: the six stage model
  • Supervising frontline practise in health and social care: a case study exercise
  • Exploring practise dynamics
  • Working positively to improve performance: using appreciative enquiry
  • Identifying performance concerns: contributory factors and avoiding the set-up-to-fail syndrome
  • The blocked cycle
  • Working with the blocked cycle: strategies for improving performance
  • Mid-course tasks
  • References
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Handouts and training materials.


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 have continued to develop these training materials and from 2009–2013 trained over 9,000 supervisors working within health and social care.


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