Child welfare supervisors are responsible for their workers' casework practice and for ensuring that their staff operate in accordance with agency priorities and goals. Standards of practice provide supervisors with general ethical guidelines and specific practical steps for performing their roles competently. The resources in this section offer guidance to supervisors in their efforts to improve practice and service systems.
NASW Practice Standards & Guidelines
National Association of Social Workers
Provides information on standards for the field of social work, including on best practices in supervision.
NCWWI Innovations Exchange 1: Leadership and Supervision (PDF - 451 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2020)
Presents feedback and recommendations on effective child welfare supervision and leadership.
Safety Through Supervision Framework (PDF - 525 KB)
Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Services (2020)
Reviews the key role of supervisors in child welfare and presents a framework that contains standards for supervising safety practices and safety decisions throughout the life of a case.
Child Welfare League of America
Explains the role of supervisors in child welfare and links to information and resources on quality supervision.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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What Are Preliminary Building Blocks to Strengthen Quality Supervision?
Casey Family Programs (2018)
Reviews the functions of a supervisor in child welfare and describes how to strengthen supervision.