Effective supervision

Effective supervision in adult social care

Effective supervision is important to all, whether a new care worker or the CEO of a multi-site national care organisation.

Ineffective supervision can reduce productivity, increase absenteeism, create or prolong workplace conflict, damage the culture and - for adult social care employers - impact the quality of care being delivered.

What is supervision?

Supervision involves making the time and developing the practical structure to give support to co-workers. This is done using various approaches during formal and informal supervision and appraisal.

A supervisory relationship is one in which a person with some knowledge and skill, takes responsibility and accountability for the wellbeing and work performance of the person being supervised—the supervisee. It is ‘one-to-one’ (with exceptions), and is supportive rather than judgemental.

How can Skills for Care help?

We have developed guide which covers all you need to know about workplace supervision such as:

  • Understanding supervision 
  • What is supervision? / Why is supervision important? 
  • The supervisor
  • The role of the supervisor and what is expected 
  • Providing supervision 
  • Scheduling / Timing
  • Informal supervision and support 
  • Reflective practice in supervision 
  • Appraisal 
  • People Performance Management Toolkit 
  • Delivering the Care Certificate 

The Effective supervision guide is available from our bookshop.


Our free guide gives a summary of how you can start to enforce and practice effective supervision. It also gives further insight of what is in the main guide.