• Book review of Social work management and leadership: Managing complexity with creativity

      Harlow, Elizabeth; University of Chester (British Association of Social Workers, 2011-01)
    • Book review of The casework relationship

      Harlow, Elizabeth; University of Chester (British Association of Social Workers, 2013-04)
    • Coaching, supervision and the social work zeitgeist

      Harlow, Elizabeth; University of Chester (British Association of Social Workers, 2013)
      With reference to local authorities in England, this paper acknowledges the intensified critique of the managerial context in which social work is carried out. It recognizes that professional supervision has been in jeopardy, as principles of corporate line management have overshadowed the approaches of the past, and most particularly the supportive components. However, recent developments have reinvigorated the interest in relationship based social work as well as relationship based supervision. Surprisingly or not, it is executive and business coaching that is seen as offering fruitful techniques for front line managers and practitioners, with the possibility of encouraging the progress of this particular trend.
    • Editorial

      Quinney, Anne; Harlow, Elizabeth; Bournemouth University ; University of Chester (British Association of Social Workers, 2011-04)
    • When Questions are the Answers

      Harlow, Elizabeth; Daley, Maureen; Stone, Karen; University of Chester; University of Nottingham; Independent (British Association of Social Workers, 2015-10)
      Professional supervision enables social work practitioners to reflect on their performance in relation to organizational goals, but also their own developmental needs. Over recent times, front line managers have been encouraged to incorporate reflective techniques in their supervision, such as those associated with coaching. Among coaching theorists there is a consensus that 'questions are the answers'. Good quality questioning conversations, which are part of a trusting supervisory relationship, may be of benefit to social work practitioners as well as the people they aim to help.