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Aspekty implementácie supervízie do praktickej práce sociálnych pracovníkov
The Aspects of Implementation of Supervision into Practical Work of Social Workers

Author(s): Lucia Ludvigh Cintulová, Jana Novotná
Subject(s): Vocational Education, Social Theory, Welfare services
Published by: SAMOSATO, s. r. o., Bratislava, Slovensko - MAUREA, s. r. o., Plzeň, Česká republika
Keywords: supervision; implementation; social services; supervisor;

Summary/Abstract: Aims: The paper deals with the importance of supervision in increasing the social worker's professionalism and the quality of the social services provided in the context of the possibilities of real implementation of supervision in practice, which is enshrined in the Social Services Act no. 448/2008 Z.z. Methods: Research was conducted at the end of 2016 and early January 2017, data were collected by semi-structured interviews on a sample of 12 social workers with experience in the social field and an average length of practice of 6.7 years. Results: We analyzed the research findings by open coding that allowed us to get answers to questions about motivation to practice a social worker's profession, we focused on the issues related to the implementation of supervision in practice, its advantages and disadvantages as well as ways of providing supervision or the its impacts on the development of a social worker's personality and the providing of social services. Discussion: Concerning the motivation for doing profession of social workers, the participants presented reasons such as the desire to help, the possibility of self-fulfillment, the achievement of personal needs, the diversity of social work, personal preconditions and temperament. Concerning the benefits of supervision, results have shown management, control, accompaniment, development, education as the most important; we have coded the disadvantages based on the codes such as: financial costs, low motivation and unwillingness, supervision as a duty, non-cooperation of social service facilities or lack of information. Conclusion: In conclusion, supervision brings many positive aspects, it strongly supports the development of the personality of the employees, improves the organization's mission and goals, it helps to improve the quality of the provided social services, motivation of social workers, just in case it is carried out regularly, systematically, supervision is provided by an external supervisor rather than an internal person, funding of supervision.

  • Issue Year: 13/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 33-44
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Slovak