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An overview of supervision in family resource centres in the western region
Seale, Mary
Supervision plays a key role in the provision of health and human services. An extensive literature exists on supervision as an element of profession al support and development in what are commonly referred to as the ‘helping professions’. This study provides an overview of supervision in Fam ily Resource Centres (FRCs) in the Family and Community Services Resource Centre Programme (FRC Programme) in the Western Region. Administered by Tusla, the newly established Child and Family Agency, FRCs provide a range of community - based family supports and services. They are defined by their community development approach which informs the values and methods underpinning their work. A strategic framework for family support was adopted by the FRC Programme in 2011. The importance of ensuring that workers who are responsible for implementing the family support strategy have structured supervision and guidance , so that they have the tools and competencies to engage successfully with families and the broader community is widely recognised . The level of superv ision that is available for FRC workers is examined in this study and current challenges are identified. Ways of ensuring more effective supervision are considered. The research calls for the development of a supervision strategy which promotes a common un derstanding of its purpose and value within FRCs. Research Participants also identified the need for clear guidelines and standards for supervision practice as well as appropriate training to support the delivery of more effective supervision in FRCs in th e Western Region .
Keyword(s): RESEARCH; FAMILY SUPPORT; CHILD WELFARE
Publication Date:
2014
Type: Doctoral thesis
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): School of Political Science and Sociology Nationa l University of Ireland, Galway
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