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Reflective Supervision for Child Protection Practice - Reaching Beneath the Surface

Harvey, Anna; Henderson, Fiona


Anna Harvey

Fiona Henderson


This paper describes a model of reflective supervision for child protection practice that is informed by psychoanalytic theory. Eileen Munro promotes the idea of depth in practice, referring to the skills and knowledge required to undertake the work. Her reports highlight the importance of supervision to provide a thinking space for practitioners where reflection can take place. This paper will explore the importance of supervision in more depth and describe how psychoanalytic ideas can help us understand the complexities of our work with families, anchoring us to a solid theoretical base and helping to make sense of the maelstrom of feelings that are stirred in us as well as in our colleagues and clients. © 2014 © 2014 GAPS.


Harvey, A., & Henderson, F. (2014). Reflective Supervision for Child Protection Practice - Reaching Beneath the Surface. Journal of Social Work Practice, 28(3), 343-356.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 14, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 25, 2016
Journal Journal of Social Work Practice
Print ISSN 0265-0533
Electronic ISSN 1465-3885
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 343-356
Keywords reflective practice, supervision, psychoanalytic, containment, projective identification
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