Social worker vacancy rates in the UK: a special report
Social work vacancy rates have increased despite the millions of pounds that have been pumped into recruitment and reforming the profession.
Children’s minister pledges to reduce caseloads and improve morale in a bid to increase social worker numbers.
A children’s social worker speaks out about the realities of working with high vacancy rates.
Northern Ireland’s 4% vacancy rate is by the far lowest in the UK and reflects better workforce planning.
Coventry Council overhauled its recruitment strategy to reduce soaring social worker vacancy rates. It now has a vacancy rate of 12% compared to 24% last year.
Public spending cuts, competition from neighbouring councils and the “baby P” effect have been blamed for Thurrock Council’s 38% vacancy rate.
Reduced bureaucracy, the reform programme and increased recruitment funding will improve social work, pledge sector leaders.
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Date Published: 13 July 2010