Social workers

  • Calculating the cost of care

    25 May 2022

    Local and central government must prepare for the significant workforce challenges that will be presented by adult social care charging reforms. Daniel Sperrin and James Maker explain.

  • Ministers resist calls for further care funding

    24 May 2022

    Councils should not rely on Government grants to fund social care, ministers have said.

  • Advisers call for minimum pay to ease care workforce crisis

    27 April 2022

    The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has said the Government should foot the bill for a minimum rate of £10.50 per hour for care workers in England.

  • Playing the long game

    27 April 2022

    Rachael Wardell speaks to Ann McGauran about the capacity issues facing social workers, the need for staff to stay long enough to build long-term relationships, the pressures of intervention, and spiralling agency costs.

  • Driving towards great social care

    27 April 2022

    Jeremy Cooper says the list of transformational change factors facing directors of adult social services may seem overwhelming, but councils have done a fantastic job at keeping focused on how to deliver great care.

  • Racism driving social workers to quit

    17 March 2022

    Pressure caused by racism at work is taking a toll on council social workers, with one in 10 on the brink of quitting their jobs, a new report has said.

  • Family matters

    15 March 2022

    With the findings of the independent review of children’s social care expected soon, Ann McGauran looks at what sector experts want to emerge from this once in a generation chance for transformation.

  • Social workers: how to recruit and retain the best

    08 March 2022

    Using mental health as a key starting point, Penna’s Sonia Tanda offers some top tips on how to retain your key workers.

  • Councils warn of 'staffing crisis' amid exodus

    03 March 2022

    Councils have warned of a ‘staffing crisis’ as the number of children and family social workers quitting the profession hits a five-year high.

  • A fresh approach to adult social care in Buckinghamshire

    01 February 2022

    Buckinghamshire Council is rolling out a named worker approach across the whole of adult social care, and it is believed to be the first time this has happened in England. Elaina Quesada and Ewan King explain.

  • How to attract the best talent

    11 January 2022

    2021 was quite a year for local government recruitment, especially in social work, says Sonia Tanda. She explains some of the ways to attract the best candidates.

  • Leadership blamed for 'inadquate' children's services

    22 December 2021

    ‘Instability’ in senior leadership has led to ‘serious failures’ in Bury MBC’s children’s services, Ofsted has found.

  • Immigration rules relaxed for care workers

    16 December 2021

    Immigration rules have been relaxed for care workers after a recommendation from experts appointed by the Government.

  • Inspection and review announced after court sentences two over Arthur's death

    03 December 2021

    The Government has announced a local inspection and national review will take place following the abuse and murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

  • Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

    01 December 2021

    The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

  • What reform of adult social care should look like

    22 November 2021

    Ahead of the National Children and Adult Services Conference this week, ADASS trustee Cath Roff outlines the four elements she believes should be at the heart of social care reform.

  • Council CEO in call for care worker funding

    29 October 2021

    The chief executive of West Northamptonshire Council has joined calls for long-term funding to alleviate care worker shortages.

  • Help – when and where it’s needed

    29 September 2021

    Norfolk CC has successfully shifted the emphasis in children's services from crisis to prevention, including remodelling its corporate parenting service for children in care and beyond. It's just the start, as Sara Tough explains.

  • Experts join social care commission

    28 September 2021

    A panel of experts have been drafted in to help a government commission looking at the impact of Brexit on social care.

  • Making the leap

    14 September 2021

    Patrick Melia explains Sunderland City Council’s drive and determination in taking its children’s services from inadequate to outstanding.