Coaching and Mentoring for Frontline Practitioners

Authors: Morgan, M. and Rochford, S. (2017)

Source: Centre for Effective Services, Dublin.

Support and development for frontline practitioners who work with children, young people and families have become increasingly important in recent years due to greater demands on services, and practitioners themselves. Professions such as teaching, nursing and social work, in particular, are experiencing issues with staff retention and burnout. The service delivery demands on front line practitioners can lead to neglect of their own professional and personal needs.

The use of coaching and mentoring as support and capacity building interventions for practitioners is growing. These are recognised as approaches which offer additional benefits to traditional training approaches.

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