Kenny Paton

SWRB Registration Number:  5629
Gender: Male
Nationality/Ethnicity/Culture: Scottish/NZ resident 12 years
Address: (optional) Huia, West Auckland
Huia, Waitakere City 0604
New Zealand
Contact Phone Number:  027 545 7585
Qualifications:  Post Grad Cert in Professional Supervision – AUT
BA Hons Applied Social Work and Community Studies – De Montford University
Dip He Youth and Community Studies – De Montfort University
Professional Experience: I have been in Social work for over thirty years, 25 of those qualified, including 5 years working in homelessness, 2 years addictions, 8 years youth and community, and the last 12 years in NZ in Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injury and the Reintegration of Offenders. The last 18 of those have been as a CEO / GM or Business Development Manager – running a variety of NGO organisations.
Supervision Interests/Approaches/Type:
My passion is in working with Managers, assisting them to navigate the challenge of combining their Social work Ethics and Values, with the often contrary demands of Budgets, volumes, reports, KPI’s, Organisational Needs and Funder requirements. Most of my supervision has fitted into either reflective practice or a more mentoring arrangement and I am happy to negotiate with individuals what works best for them. I do find that for managers, both approaches require longer sessions – and prefer to offer 90 min sessions if possible as this ensures supervision is different from the normal time pressured daily environment.
I have been providing supervision to staff for over 20 years now – both line management and external. Although I do hold professional supervision qualifications – my real skill is thirty years of hard graft on the front line and managing and delivering these services on a daily basis. This means I am very practical in my approach, used to helping people find workable and sensible solutions, and most importantly allowing people to have real conversations.

Having never worked in any substantive care and protection role/agency, I do not offer supervision to front line care and protection workers as I feel this is outside my scope.