Magazine article Public Finance

Social Work Recruitment Drive Launched

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Work Recruitment Drive Launched

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The government has announced a £58m drive to stem the crisis in the recruitment and retention of social workers in the wake of the Baby P case.

The measures form part of the governments detailed response to Lord Laming s March report on child protection. They include the creation of 200 sponsored university places for graduates to do social work conversion courses and a campaign aimed at persuading 500 former social workers to return to the profession by the autumn.

A new cross-governmental body will be responsible for improving frontline services and members of the public are to sit on child protection boards. Sir Roger Singleton, former head of the charity Bamardo's, has been appointed to the new role of chief adviser on children's safety.

The governments response was published as a Local Government Association survey revealed that three out of five councils in England are struggling to recruit social workers in child protection. Two out of five say they are having difficulty in retaining staff. Over half- 57% - said it had become even harder to recruit over the past six months, with 38% reporting problems in staff retention over the same period. …

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