This survey has now closed. We will share the findings shortly.
Last week, Department for Education released data estimating that average statutory children’s social worker caseloads were 16.3 as of September 2021.
This marked a levelling-off of caseloads, year-on-year, following three successive annual declines.
However, almost four-fifths of children’s practitioners surveyed by Community Care last year said their caseloads were either “completely unmanageable” or “hard to manage”. And the DfE’s estimate – which it says should be treated with caution – has historically been greeted with scepticism by many practitioners.
So, we want to hear from children’s social workers in statutory services in England about what your caseloads are, how manageable they are and their impact on your life, wellbeing and future plans.
The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time and responses are, by default, anonymous. It will run until Friday 11 March.
Community Care will share the findings as soon as we are able to.