Safe guarding Social Workers feeling the pressure once again

Posted on March 31st, 2014

Pic: Fran

The current climate of offering experienced locum Social Workers higher hourly rates with Local Authorities automatically allocating increasingly unmanageable case loads in order to get their money’s worth is once again going to lead safe guarding into another crisis.

Offering higher rates of pay will attract the more qualified and experienced Social Workers but they do have their limits; whilst it may be the case that they can take on the more complex cases and work them with less hands on supervisory and management oversight this does not mean they can work any faster or that they have any more working hours in the day than everyone else.  Increasing the numbers of allocated complex and challenging cases just overwhelms the experienced Social Workers who then decide it is time to move on because it is no longer safe for the children or themselves to stay.

Currently this cycle shows no signs of breaking and it is just a matter of time before safe guarding lurches into its next crisis.


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One Response to “Safe guarding Social Workers feeling the pressure once again”

  1. Su Ball Says:
    May 16th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I once had a manager tell me ‘Oh, we thought you would leave a month ago’, i.e. ‘push them until they give up and then replace them’. Higher rates aren’t always available either. I gave up completely and went to independent-only work. Such are the pressures of practice versus local authority/political systems.

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