Inform the development of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme

01 June 2018

PSDPResearch in Practice (RiP) is inviting professionals within the children and families social work sector to participate in a survey to inform the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

The Practice Supervisor Development Programme (PSDP) is a Department for Education funded initiative. It is intended to enable Practice Supervisors to develop the knowledge, skills, personal resilience and confidence to effectively undertake their role of supervising, supporting and developing excellent frontline practice with children and families. The course is intended to reach approximately 700 newly appointed Practice Supervisors.

In order to ensure that the PSDP responds to the sector’s needs and builds on existing activity, we are asking Principal Social Workers (PSWs), practitioners, supervisors, senior managers and workforce development leads across the children and families social work sector to complete a survey.

We want to ensure that learning needs, barriers and enablers to accessing Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and the reach, strengths, impact and cost-effectiveness of existing CPD is fully understood. Survey responses will inform the development of the PSDP and ensure it is grounded in the sector’s experiences. The survey is an important part of the scoping phase, alongside focus groups, literature and policy reviews.

We recognise that professionals are very busy and we hope that you are as passionate as us about ensuring your voices are heard. Survey respondents can be entered into a prize draw to receive dinner and bed and breakfast for two at Dartington Hall.

Participate in the survey.

As part of the scoping phase a second survey will soon be issued, specifically for those who provide CPD for practice supervisors, such as Higher Education Institutions, Teaching Partnerships and training organisations.


The PSDP is led by RiP, together with a consortium of partners including: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, University of Sussex and Goldsmiths, University of London.

To stay informed as the PSDP develops, please email PSDP@rip.org.uk with the subject header ‘keep in touch’.

Please note. All survey responses will be treated confidentially.

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