Tony Morrison

Staff Supervision in Social Care


New revised 3rd edition

Subtitled ‘Making a real difference for staff and service users’, Staff Supervision in Social Care is now in its 3rd edition and remains a vital resource.



This third edition of the best selling Staff Supervision in Social Care offers essential new material, as well as updating the existing core material covering the fundamentals of good supervision, group supervision and the emotional impact of the work.

This edition extends the understanding and application of the critical links between supervision, the quality of frontline practice and service user outcomes. Increased emphasis is placed on the role of emotional intelligence as crucial to both the quality of supervision and the quality of practice. There is an expanded description of what happens when workers get stuck, exploring the dynamic relationship between the external environment, the supervisee’s performance and the internal world of the supervisee. The contribution of the attachment theory to these situations is presented and strategies for addressing such situations are offered. In line with previous editions the manual, it contains a wealth of information, research, practical frameworks, action learning exercises and supervision tools.

It will appeal to both experienced and new supervisors across the social and health care spectrum, both in the UK and internationally.

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.


Frontline supervisors in social care and health, community justice and voluntary sector settings, those in multidisciplinary and integrated service settings, as well as practice teachers, trainers and others involved in workforce development.


ISBN: 9781841961682
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media

  • Chapter 1: Supervision: purposes, policies and definitions
  • Chapter 2: Supervision and outcomes in a turbulent world
  • Chapter 3: What we bring to supervision: history, stage and style
  • Chapter 4: Contracts and structures for individual supervision
  • Chapter 5: Promoting reflective practice in supervision
  • Chapter 6: The blocked cycle: frameworks and strategies
  • Chapter 7: Group supervision
  • Chapter 8: Emotional impact: sources and strategies
  • Appendix 1: Supervisor competence questionnaire
  • Appendix 2: Resilience checklist


Tony Morrison was a leading figure in the field of social care, particularly respected for his work on supervision, staff development and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. After completing his training in 1977, he worked as a probation officer with Greater Manchester Probation Service before joining the NSPCC Special Unit in Rochdale, Lancashire, where he and colleagues were instrumental in developing an assessment framework used in child protection. He became an independent trainer and consultant in 1989. At a time when treatment for sexual offenders was only just developing in the UK, he was the co-founder and first chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers. He was made an MBE in 1998 in recognition of his efforts in creating a network to support and develop professionals undertaking this challenging work.

Tony was perhaps best known for his work on improving the quality of supervision. His book Staff Supervision in Social Care (1993/2005) – also published by Pavilion – has become the standard text on the subject and is now in its third revised edition. He wrote and co-authored many other chapters, manuals, articles and books on social care practice. In 2009, he developed a national training programme for the Children’s Workforce Development Council for England, aimed at improving the quality of supervision received by newly qualified social workers.

Tony was awarded an MA in management, learning and leadership from Lancaster University in 2007 and, shortly before his death, had been awarded a PhD from Huddersfield University. He died suddenly in 2010.


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