Social workers

  • Four in 10 social workers want to quit

    30 October 2018

    Four out of 10 social workers want to leave the profession due to chronically poor working conditions, a new study has found.


  • High staff turnover at 'inadequate' Gloucestershire

    25 October 2018

    Too many Gloucestershire children are experiencing frequent changes of social worker more than a year after the county council was judged inadequate by Ofsted.


  • Delay to apprenticeship scheme

    09 October 2018

    Plans for a child and family social worker apprenticeship have been hit by delays.


  • 'Radical approach' to improve Surrey's children's services

    05 September 2018

    Surrey CC will take a ‘radical approach’ to improving its inadequate children’s services in a bid to avoid a Department for Education (DfE) takeover, councillors will be told.


  • Council has taken 'too long' to improve

    23 August 2018

    Reading Council has improved services for young people leaving care since an inadequate Ofsted inspection two years ago.


  • Five councils to trial social workers scheme

    12 July 2018

    The new national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS) for child and family social workers is expected to be rolled out to five areas this month.


  • Funding call to end 'postcode lottery'

    11 July 2018

    MPs today called for more funds to help end a so-called postcode lottery for children’s services.


  • A contact sport

    27 June 2018

    The BASW is taking the lead in highlighting the relationship issues social workers are encountering, in particular the struggle to make regular face to face contact with children. Maris Stratulis explains.


  • Protect our social workers from violence

    06 June 2018

    Social workers should be given the same protection from violence as emergency workers, according to sector bodies.


  • More hard work required at Barnet

    22 May 2018

    Senior leaders at Barnet LBC are ‘fully aware there are still areas of considerable challenge before practice is of a good standard,’ Ofsted has reported.


  • Children's services blow for new chiefs

    16 May 2018

    Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.


  • Affluent parents can 'undermine' abuse investigations

    15 May 2018

    City of London Council will train social workers to deal with affluent parents after research showed they can use their status to undermine abuse investigations.


  • How to plug the EU workforce gap

    09 May 2018

    A new report from CIPFA’s Brexit commission urges a planned strategy for maintaining EU workforce skills, including at regional level through the combined authorities. Michael Burton reports.


  • Union warning over Northamptonshire pay freeze

    06 March 2018

    Trade unions and opposition councillors this week criticised Northamptonshire CC’s decision to freeze staff pay – warning it will exacerbate existing recruitment and retention problems.


  • Groundbreaking review praises Leeds

    27 February 2018

    Leeds City Council’s services for children in care have been praised following a ground-breaking review by Ofsted.


  • Workforce shortages put more strain on the system

    20 February 2018

    After auditors warned of a looming crisis in the recruitment and retention of care workers, Paul Burstow outlines why supporting unpaid carers in employment is increasingly vital.


  • Recruitment and retention: Who will be left to care in the future?

    13 February 2018

    Auditors, academics, practitioners and unions are pointing to the recruitment and retention issues in adult social care as one of the country’s biggest domestic issues. Mark Conrad examines the problem.


  • Council investment after inadequate rating

    12 February 2018

    Gloucestershire CC has invested in staff, casework reduction and administration amid warnings the pace of improvements to its children’s services is too slow.


  • Crisis in social care workforce, report warns

    08 February 2018

    The care workforce crisis has been laid bare by a report that warned ministers were not tackling recruitment problems.


  • Social workers mad at a TV drama need to relax

    30 January 2018

    Channel 4’s social work-centred drama Kiri has been swept up in a Twitterstorm, with social workers decrying the apparent misrepresentation of their profession. Claire Fox’s response: get over yourselves.