Supervisors are essential to nurturing organizational and employee success in the field of youth work. Supervisors who take the time to incorporate a reflective practice and critical inquiry approach to supervision may deepen positive change in their youth work practice as well as the relationship with those they supervise . This article identifies the concepts of reflective practice, critical inquiry and action research, then proposes a framework for Reflective Supervisory Practice in a youth work context, and analyzes the benefits of this approach. The framework was developed during a year long National Afterschool Matters Practitioner Fellowship in the U.S. in 2010.
Exploring youth policy and youth work theory and practice