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External Supervision

​Supervision enables good youth workers to be great youth workers! It is a supportive relationship with a practitioner who is there to help and guide youth workers learn from experience and manage priorities. Supervision is an ethical commitment of youth work practice guided by the principles of the Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Rerenga Awa provides the youth sector with a database of youth work supervisors. Please visit our database for a full list of Supervision Providers. 


On this page you will find the Code of Ethics clauses that pertain to Supervision as well as resources available to develop, strengthen, and support Supervision training. 


A collection of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and skill, encompassing research, personal experiences, customary and cultural knowledge, and beliefs of young people and their whānau, mātauranga is evidence-based, timely, and meaningful, honoring indigenous thinking. Strengthening mātauranga involves weaving diverse forms of knowledge into relevant decisions for young people and their whānau, empowering them to make holistic choices and encourage reflection on relationships and practice.

(Ara Taiohi, 2021)

Clause 22

22.1 Youth workers actively participate in regular supervision (such as individual, group, peer, or team supervision) with skilled supervisors. 

22.2 Supervision should be resourced and initiated by the youth worker’s organisation. Youth workers have the right to negotiate who their supervisor/s are, and to identify specific areas of expertise that would benefit the young people they work with. 

(Clause 22 S22.1-2, Ara Taiohi, 2021)

Uplifted Youth

Clause 24

24.1 Youth workers actively reflect on attitudes and methods, and are open to learning from a variety of spaces, including indigenous, informal and evidence-based mātauranga. 

24.2 Youth workers prioritise formal and informal training and professional development. 


24.3 Youth workers regularly seek feedback from young people, whānau, their organisation, colleagues and other professionals to inform their practice. 


24.4 Youth workers consider and reflect on their long-term career path. 


24.5 Youth workers have knowledge and understanding of this Code of Ethics and how it applies to their work. 

(Clause 24 S24.1-5, Ara Taiohi, 2021)

Supervision Resources

Strengthen Your Supervision

Practical information and exercises to help those working with young people in Aotearoa strengthen their supervision practice. 

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