TheIndependent – Social Worker Vacancies Soar – And So Do Workloads – 3 August 2014

The Independent

Increasing demand and squeezed budgets mean that graduates are being employed at the deep end

By Emily Dugan

Social work vacancies have soared by 74 per cent in the past year as local authorities struggle to hold on to essential front-line staff. A chronic shortage of experienced social workers, growing workloads and a high dropout rate of newly qualified graduates are making it harder than ever to find enough staff to run children’s and adult services across the country, experts say.

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