Best team leaders can beat organisational problems and deliver great social work, finds report

25th February 2016

Study finds outstanding managers can “energise” social workers even when organisational and external conditions are working against them

The best managers can foster effective social work even when the culture of the organisation that employs them works against it, according to a report examining the characteristics of outstanding team leaders.

The Developing Outstanding Social Workers report was produced by Firstline, the in-development training programme that will seek to raise the quality of managers of social workers, to identify the qualities that enable social work bosses to be effective.

The report found that the best managers can act as a bulwark against wider organisational and external pressures that hamper the effectiveness of frontline social workers.