Social care council eases path to recruit Filipino social workers

    The General Social Care Council has held talks with government
    officials from the Philippines over plans to make it easier for
    their social workers to get jobs in the UK, writes
    Derren Hayes

    The GSCC has advised the Filipino embassy in London about the
    requirements social workers from the Philippines need to practice
    in the UK and agreed in principle to work with the Filipino
    government to help facilitate those wanting to join its register of
    international workers. The register replaced the letter of
    verification system last month.

    A GSCC spokesperson said: “The Filipino embassy were
    asking what standards needed to be met so that it would be fairly
    straight forward for them to meet UK standards and so their own
    standards mesh nicely with ours.”

    There are more than 25,000 Filipino nurses working in the NHS
    but, until now, it was thought the practical difficulties of
    recruiting social workers from there were too great.

    However, experts say there is a surplus of social workers in the
    Philippines and not enough professionals from former colonial
    countries to properly tackle the large vacancy rates in some social
    services departments.

    In February, Bournemouth Council became the first to recruit
    social workers from the Philippines – two have already
    started work and a further four are expected to follow suit (news,
    page 18, 5 February).

    Lawrence Perry, of Dolma International Placement, which is
    trying to recruit Filipino social workers to work in the UK, said
    he was in discussions with recruitment agencies and five local
    authorities. He has found 200 professionals keen to work in the


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