Our Model of Supervision


The Mulberry Bush Outreach model of reflective supervision is based on that developed by Tony Morrison (2006) and has four key functions:


1. Management

2. Development

3. Support

4. Mediation

Reflective supervision should be viewed as part of professional development and therefore as a requirement of practice. It is not therapy or counselling although it is an opportunity to reflect on oneself

Principles of Outreach reflective supervision:

1. sits at the heart of our work, linking practice, research and training

2. deepens and broadens worker’s knowledge and critical analysis skills

3. enables confident, competent,creative and independent decision-making

4. help workers to build clear plans that seek to enable positive change for children and families

5. creates a relationship that helps staff feel valued, supported and motivated

6. supports the devlopment of worker’s emotional resilience and self-awareness

7. promotes a learning culture within the organisation



Benefits of reflective supervision:

The introduction of supervision models often causes anxieties and leads professionals to feel they have no need for supervision, no time available or no budget – or all three! However, The Mulberry Bush Outreach strongly believe, based on research, experience and anecdotal evidence, that supervision models can:

  • improve staff well-being, leading to reduced sickness and so financial savings!
  • develop staff knowledge and critical analysis skills
  • enhance your understanding of those you are working with, leading to better outcomes
  • increases the ability to move away from crises management to planned responses; saving time

This is why we offer individual and group supervision to meet the needs of your organisation.

For more information please contact us by emailing Angela Brown [email protected]