Flintshire admit new low in skilled staff

Looked-after children in north east Wales are having their cases
allocated to unqualified staff because of a recruitment crisis.

A report by Flintshire Council states that some of its
children-in-need cases and “low-level” child protection cases are
being unallocated.

The problem is so severe the council is “fast approaching” a
situation where it will be unable to allocate any child protection
cases, the report adds.

Only six members of its children’s fieldwork team have more than
two years post-qualifying experience, and agency social workers
make up around a third of the workforce.

The report recommends a series of measures including attracting
more overseas workers and a recruitment campaign targeting London
to tackle the problem.

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