Social workers

Half of social workers at risk of quitting survey finds

13/06/2022

Nearly half (49%) of social workers say they are less likely to stay in their jobs due to excessive workloads, high stress levels and low morale.

Advisers call for minimum pay to ease care workforce crisis

27/04/2022

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.

Councils warn of 'staffing crisis' amid exodus

03/03/2022

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

Experts urge immigration rules change for care workers

16/12/2021

Restrictions should be relaxed for care workers ‘immediately’, according to experts appointed by the Government.

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

01/12/2021

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.

Support workers 'undervalued' by nearly £7k a year, warns report

09/07/2021

Frontline social care workers are paid nearly £7,000 less per year than their peers in equivalent positions in other public funded sectors, a new report has uncovered.

Government announces £16m for virtual school heads programme

17/06/2021

The Government today announced that more than £16m is now available to councils to ensure there is a local champion for children with a social worker in every local authority in England.

Newborn baby care orders on the rise, research finds

04/06/2021

The majority of mothers facing urgent care proceedings are given less than a week’s formal notice that their newborn baby might be removed, new research has warned today.

Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends

19/03/2021

A long-running legal challenge by care workers over pay worth £400m has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

Mobilising the social care workforce

15/01/2021

A continued drive towards more mobile public services is needed to help overcome social care challenges in the bleak winter months, says David McKinney.

Social workers report significant spike in nation’s mental distress

17/12/2020

Nearly all local authorities have reported an increase in the number of people accessing mental health services for the first time, according to a new survey.

Funding boost to train hundreds more mental health social workers

29/09/2020

A £27m funding boost will create 480 new mental health social workers over the next three years, the Government has confirmed.

Half of professionals feel childhood obesity is a child protection issue

03/09/2020

Nearly half of health and social workers believe child obesity should be considered a child protection issue, according to a new study.

Third of social workers looking to quit profession, survey reveals

10/07/2020

A third of social workers are are thinking of leaving the profession putting the system at risk of collapse, new research has warned.

Social workers to be placed in schools to spot children at risk

22/05/2020

The Government has committed £6.5m to place social workers in schools to help spot the signs of child abuse and neglect.

Ensuring continuity of care in a time of crisis

22/05/2020

Julie Tyas discusses how tech is becoming the eyes and ears of social workers during the pandemic.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Social workers call for clarity on carrying out statutory duties

20/03/2020

Social workers are concerned they will be unable to safeguard families and carry out their statutory duties in the face of mass isolation.

Former social workers urged to return to sector

06/01/2020

Former social workers are being encouraged to get back into the care sector with the return of a national scheme.

Report: 580,000 more social workers needed by 2035

05/08/2019

More than 500,000 social care jobs in England will need to be filled by 2035, a new report has predicted.

Social workers warn of 'devastating' impact of cuts

19/06/2019

Social workers have claimed they cannot do their jobs properly because of years of funding cuts.

Sleep-in care workers report unsuitable conditions

18/06/2019

Overnight care workers have reported being attacked at work and forced to sleep in offices, in a new survey conducted by Unison.

Care workers suffer from 6,000 violent attacks

10/06/2019

Care workers suffered more than 6,000 violent attacks resulting in serious injuries during the last five years, shocking new figures have shown.

'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement

24/05/2019

Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

What I've learnt from reading my social services file

16/05/2019

Louise Hughes explains what impact reading her care file had on her, and calls on social workers to write their case notes with young people in mind.

Front-line workers ‘must get better’ at tackling child exploitation by drug gangs

30/01/2019

Front-line professionals ‘must get better’ at spotting signs that children are being exploited, a children’s charity has said in response to an annual assessment of county lines drug networks.

Hinds announces £45m to train children’s social workers

08/01/2019

The education secretary today announced the Government would fund the training of an extra 900 children’s social workers.

Shortage of social care workers to reach 290,000 by 2030, says report

06/12/2018

NHS figures show that in the last two years two million hospital beds were unnecessarily occupied because of a shortage of social care to support patients ready to be discharged, according to management consultants.

Hearing the voices of children in care

15/11/2018

Dr Claire Baker explores what children and young people living in care actually feel about their lives and care experience.

Social workers face ‘chronically poor’ working conditions

30/10/2018

Almost half of carers responding to a poll report they want to leave their jobs due to ‘chronically poor’ working conditions.

Frontline staff warn of ‘perfect storm’ in children's services

24/09/2018

Social workers, education and law enforcement workers in England are facing a ‘perfect storm’ of complex growing need, according to Barnardo's.

Funding call to end 'postcode lottery' for children's services

11/07/2018

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

Calls to protect social workers from 'escalating violence'

06/06/2018

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

Children's services blow for new chiefs

16/05/2018

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

A child referred to social services every 49 seconds, figures reveal

12/01/2018

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

07/12/2017

Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.

Five councils chosen to pilot social worker accreditation system

06/12/2017

Five local authorities have been chosen to pilot the roll-out of the new National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers.

Project launched to retrain 100 social workers

23/10/2017

Three regions will take part in a new programme to help retrain 100 social workers who have left the profession.

Minimum wage enforcement for care workers is suspended for a month

29/09/2017

A further suspension of the minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector has been announced by the Government.

Failing to provide the full picture

27/09/2017

Gary Pettengell warns that messy government data makes it impossible to predict outcomes for vulnerable children.

Social workers demand ‘respect’ to stem exodus from profession

22/09/2017

Social workers launched a campaign today demanding respect for their profession after report revealed they work more than £600m of unpaid overtime a year.

Intervention for vulnerable children being dictated by resources, warn social workers

13/09/2017

Vulnerable children are less likely to qualify for help from social services because of a growing lack of resources, according to new research.

Research warns of ‘mass exodus’ of social workers from profession

17/07/2017

More than half of social workers in the UK are considering leaving the profession in the next 18 months, a new survey has revealed.

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