ASYE Social Worker Caseloads

Commenting on the results of a Community Care survey about social worker caseloads Rachael Wardell, Chair of the ADCS Workforce Development Policy Committee, said:

‘The survey shows a mixed picture of results, and some of the higher figures may give cause for concern. It is in the best interests of the children and families we support that social workers, especially those who are newly qualified, are not overwhelmed by their workload. However we must remember that this is not a ‘numbers game’. Social care cases vary in their complexity, and so it is difficult to draw useful comparisons when looking at caseloads by number, as we have found when asking similar questions. A range of factors are taken into consideration when allocating cases to workers including complexity, risk and years of experience. As demand for services continues to grow with more families in need of help it is vital that social workers are given appropriate supervision, including support, guidance and training in order to ensure their caseloads are appropriate and they can manage them well. We hope that national and local recruitment initiatives currently in place will attract more people with a good skill set into the profession so that local authorities no longer face high levels of vacancies and temporary staffing arrangements which only adds to the pressures all our social workers face.’


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