Independents Local Network – Scotland (group supervision)

This is a BASW Event

Thursday 30th November 2017

SASW Office, 67 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4SD


Group Supervision for Independent Social Workers

Facilitator - Alistair Brown

This group supervision pilot was undertaken, (14th September) and the decision established it on an ongoing basis was made. The next session will be on Thursday 23 November from 13.00 to the SASW office (67 Shandwick Place Edinburgh EH2 4SD)

New interested applicants are welcome to get in touch and, should enough interest be generated, an additional group will be set up and run in parallel. To find out more and register your interest, please email

Group supervision process;

  • ​Check in - Everyone introduces themselves and ‘checks in’ for a few minutes to say where they are at. 
  • Topics - Either as an expansion of a check in or as a new topic someone presents an issue which may be to do with any aspect of professional life, self-employment or client and ethics based social work issues for 2-5 mins.
  • Development - We go around the circle in order from that person, not everyone has to speak but there is a chance to share reflections, learnings or identifications related to that subject. 
  • Summary - We avoid a conversation; or questions developing; or our own desired to problem -solve leaving that with the person who shared. They then get a chance to sum up and may offer to say they will continue to reflect on what was offered or if that helped them feel supported or gave some ideas to progress etc.
  • Work of the whole group - The idea in the process is that even though someone brings a problem the work becomes the work of the group as everyone is likely to have similar or related experiences.

This carries on as time allows, in the first sessions 3 people are able to bring a topic/ issue. The programme closes with a check out allowing each person to say how the experience was.  


  • A basic contract has been developed acknowledging that all participants already work within SSSC Code of Practice and SASW Code of Ethics.
  • The purpose of the programme is to reduce isolation and build a reflective community of independent practitioners.
  • Topics are anonymised and general case issues or issues relating to Independent social work practice but avoiding becoming a specialist sub-group.
  • Confidentiality - What’s said in the room stays in the room regarding client, commercial and personal matters.
  • Acknowledged that people will have ‘their own’ learning and reflections which they may share.

Date : 30th November 2017

Time : 13:00 - 15:00

CPD : Up to 2 Hours

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