Skills for Care

Participating in the pathway will support employers and practice supervisors to demonstrate their capability and develop their professional confidence.

The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care development pathway is an employer-led programme of support and assessment against the post-qualification standards.

The aim is to develop national consistency in supervision practice and knowledge. 

The post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors in adult social care were published at the end of 2018. It’s a key area of service development which is part of the Chief Social Workers vision for the future of the social work profession.

After one of the most challenging years in social work and our need to respond differently during the pandemic, high quality social work supervision is needed more than ever. We have seen the sector respond to having to support our NQSWs more remotely, and we have seen our NQSWs respond by being flexible and agile in their ASYE year. For all social workers at whatever level, it has been good supervision that has kept them resilient and supported. To be effective, practice supervisors not only need to have the right skills and knowledge, but the capabilities to ensure safe and effective delivery of social work to the many people who we provide care and support for now and will do in the future. Good supervision is also very much relationship based, and supporting the workforce in recovery after the pandemic will undoubtedly fall to skilled supervisors. That’s why the PQS should be visible and imbedded in practice.

Fran Leddra
Chief Social Worker for Adults


We've developed guidance and templates for completing a portfolio of evidence, which links to our infographic. These supporting documents are in the section below titled 'Portfolio contents/checklist'. 


Portfolio contents/checklist

There are three main components to the portfolio: the initial review, mid-point review and end-point review. The full version of the portfolio can be downloaded, with the individual templates broken down below. These documents form the basis of the guidance for the post-qualifying standards for social work supervisors. They were produced with the support of the six early implementation (EI) sites and the sub reference group. 

Portfolio introduction:

Part one: Initial review:

Part two: Mid-point review

Part three: End-point review


National moderation panel

The first national moderation panel for this work met on 12 July 2019 to discuss the data collected from the evaluations of the pilots that the EI sites have completed, as well as moderating 12 portfolios from the EI sites. This helped inform the future basis of the moderation process. There will be more information regarding the future of the panel when the programme has been embedded within organisations and there are portfolios to moderate.


Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme (TTSDP)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Skills for Care have worked with Research in Practice to deliver a Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme (TTSDP) for social workers working in adult services. The has focused on enabling and empowering training and workforce development within local authorities to deliver the learning internally or regionally. It has comprised of three days of learning using a ‘Train the Trainer’ approach and involves a combination of face to face teaching and self-directed/facilitated study. This programme has now completed.

In addition to the programme, DHSC and Skills for Care are working with Research in Practice to further support implementation. Each region has some days to support implementation and Research in Practice are liaising with each regional PSW network to plan those days.

Useful resources from RiPfA

Tools to support observation 

Tools to support supervisor development

Tools to support feedback

Tools to support critical reflection

Tools to support conversations about identity, power, values and ethics

Tools to support the supervision relationship

Films of supervision scenarios. These can be used to support observation, and reflections in observation. They can also be used for supervisors to support their reflection on their own supervision practice

Website and all resources