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Agency social workers and MoUs

Rachael Wardell, Chair of the ADCS Workforce Development Policy Committee, said:

“Key to delivering sustainable, good services for children and families is a stable workforce, so that social workers can build the relationships essential to good practice. Despite this, each local authority faces its own challenges with recruitment and retention. The flexibility provided by the agency workforce can be useful. However the market needs to be effectively managed to ensure it provides a quality workforce which is good value for money and which does not destabilise existing services. Some regions now have a Memorandum of Understanding to address these issues and to a certain extent they are working well around driving down costs and preventing staff “churn”, however, there are still some concerns around how to improve the quality of the agency workforce.

“Changes in taxation policy are driven by central government. We hope that committed social workers would remain in the profession despite these changes.”

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