Forensic practitioners work in a diverse range of settings, with a wide variety of groups and with a large number of agencies.
Their work, whilst rewarding, is challenging, demanding and often undertaken in highly stressful situations.
Ensuring that the workforce is trained and supported is essential in order to maintain skilful, knowledgeable, responsive and effective practitioners.
Whilst training, self-directed learning and peer support all play a role, the need for supervision for practitioners is increasingly being recognised.
This text is aimed at all those working in forensic settings who have direct contact with the perpetrators and victims of crime and is written for both those new to supervision and those with many years' experience.
Specific chapters focus on knowledge and skills for the supervisor and the supervisee and on those responsible for developing supervision systems for staff groups.
This includes a focus on risk, boundaries, approaches to learning and the evidence base for supervision practice.
Attention is also given to developing supervision competence and combatting harmful or `lousy' supervision.
The core text is supplemented by ten Special Topics addressing single issues commonly faced in supervision practice, such as ethical issues and reflective practice. The combination of comprehensive chapters and a focus on specific issues through ten Special Topics provides those involved in supervision with an essential resource.
This book is essential reading for supervisors, students, managers and researchers who are involved or interested in the supervision process.