Supervision in child welfare: Integrating administrative and clinical components

Information Sheet
Canadian CW research

Dill, Katharine
Bogo, Marion


Toronto, ON: Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.


This fact sheet summarizes a study of supervision in child welfare that explored the perspectives of current supervisors. Qualitative methods were used in two phases to engage supervisors in discussions regarding their beliefs, practices and experiences in their roles as child welfare supervisors. Eight focus groups were held in Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario in 2005-2007 involving 51 supervisors from urban and rural agencies. This research is particularly timely given the recent Transformation Agenda outlined by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. This fact sheet will provide child welfare supervisors and agencies with the study findings, from which recommendations for child welfare supervision practice are drawn.

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