Keeping the Child in Mind and at the Heart of Supervisory Reflections

  • Lynne McPhersonEmail author
  • Noel Macnamara
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)


The primary objective of supervision, to focus on the child, is also the first dimension of the IMS, placing the child at the heart of the supervisory relationship. However, the child is not viewed in isolation, but in the context of their family and community. Whilst the other four dimensions of supervision focus on creating safety, developing knowledge and skill, managing and leading, and advocating, this first dimension seeks to strengthen the quality of service that the child experiences. How a child centred supervisory relationship can establish, support and maintain child centred practice is the focus of this chapter.


Child centred practice Child centred supervision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and Social Sciences, Social WorkSouthern Cross UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.Therapeutic Care ProgramAustralian Childhood FoundationMelbourneAustralia

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