Union warning over Northamptonshire pay freeze
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.
Child referred to social care every 49 seconds, figures reveal
Referrals to council children's services reached 646,120 last year, according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).
Council leaders demand end to pay cap
Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.
The inside story
Shannon Corkish, in her contribution to iMPOWER's essay collection, Shining a Light Volume 2, offers a powerful insight into the life of a care leaver and reveals her perspective on social work and the people who carry out this difficult job.
We don't pay homecare workers enough
Michael Bracey argues the sector needs to look again at how much it is prepared to pay for homecare and homecare workers.
Why councils should sign up to the Return to Social Work programme
Social workers are the glue that binds our communities together, writes Cllr Richard Watts as he urges councils to sign up to a programme that aims to retrain adult and children's social workers who have previously left the profession.
Ofsted: More to do to improve Birmingham's children's services
Birmingham City Council has ‘further work’ to do to improve its children’s services, an Ofsted monitoring visit has found.
'Systemic and persistent' failures in council's children's services
Worcestershire CC has said it has invested an extra £5.1m into improving children’s social care this year after a damning report from a government commissioner.
Austerity driving up thresholds for children's services
Thresholds for vulnerable children seeking care are creeping up, flying in the face of efforts to act early, social workers have warned.
Edinburgh health chief departs post
The chief officer to the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Robert McCulloch-Graham, has left his post.
Sparks fly as industrial action at Kirklees fails
Tensions flared between social workers and senior management at crisis hit Kirklees MBC after social workers claimed they had been ‘ignored’ since their two-day strike.
Scale of overtime revealed by union
A third of social workers regularly work unpaid overtime in order to keep local authority services going, a new study by the GMB trade union has found.
What can the General Election do for the public sector workforce?
Caroline Nugent lays down the key asks the PPMA is making of the new government.
Growing our own talent
Local government is in a period of unprecedented change. New PPMA president Caroline Nugent outlines her priorities for the rocky year ahead to Sam Clayden.