These words were spoken by a social worker who was referring to the support she receives from supervision and other frontline colleagues. In trying to evoke the lived experience of practice, this book has shown social work and child protection to be immensely challenging areas of work, which require courage as well as skill and knowledge. The demands of everyday practice routinely give rise to the adventure of the unknown and meaningful and satisfying encounters with children and parents who have been helped to live safer, better lives. But what I have called ‘professional insecurities’ are also ever present for workers. The emotional intelligence and resilience of practitioners are crucial to their capacity to deal with these insecurities and tune into children’s experiences, read the signs of distress and intervene effectively (Howe, 2008). Also important is the intellectual understanding of the task, how it is conceptualized and whether professionals are supported to practise in the kinds of mobile, intimate, authoritative ways that are necessary to protect children. The focus of this chapter is on the kinds of supervision, support and organizational cultures that workers need if they are to perform effective child protection.
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