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Stable workforce is key to future of social care

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  • Monday, October 13, 2014
Many local authorities continue to fill vacancies for children's social workers with temporary agency staff in order to tackle ever-increasing caseload levels. The issue is this month thrown into sharp focus at high-profile councils with the biggest challenges.

DfE must serve children, not our sitcom writers

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  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013
In what ended up as an explosive exit interview, Tim Loughton lifted the lid on the inner workings of the Department for Education at a select committee hearing last week with the department's former ministers.

'Wilful neglect' laws won't help recruit social workers

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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A number of reports over the past few weeks have highlighted the extent of the problem facing children's services departments in recruiting experienced social workers. Latest Department for Education figures show that over the past year, children's social worker vacancies have risen nearly 20 per cent so that on average, each English authority now has almost 30 full-time posts unfilled.

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