Herefordshire council is recruiting more experienced social workers as part of its plan to have a well-staffed and supported children’s social work service. Now that it is becoming known as an ambitious and improving service, social workers both nationally and, now, internationally, are expressing an interest in working here. Recruiting more permanent staff will contribute to the good work already being achieved and ensure the continued improvement of children’s outcomes.
Recruitment is difficult and many other authorities in the West Midlands and nationally are also actively seeking experienced, permanent social workers in a climate of social worker shortage.
The latest development is to ensure the Council is able to recruit from the European Union; primarily Spain and Romania, where social workers have very similar training and their qualification is accepted by HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). The move also reflects the increasing diversity of the community of Herefordshire.
Cllr Millar, cabinet member, young people and children's wellbeing said, “Our efforts to recruit social workers from within Herefordshire and across the UK are continuing but we are competing both regionally and nationally for a scarce resource, so we need to make sure we are securing high quality social care staff from all available avenues.
Currently staffing levels are maintained through the use of experienced agency staff but this proves costly. With the appointment of permanent staff we will continue to deliver a well-trained and supported children’s workforce more cost effectively and give children and their families an increased continuity of service which can sometimes be lost with temporary arrangements. “