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Comment on ASYE report

Responding to the ASYE annual report, Rachael Wardell, Chair of the Workforce Development Policy Committee said:

“The latest ASYE annual report provides valuable insights for employers during what continues to be a turbulent time. Whilst we have all adapted to new ways of working, the importance of relationships, with both children and colleagues, is paramount and it is encouraging to see this reflected in the report. Employers have been working hard, putting in place measures to help with the development and wellbeing of NQSWs, and a well-designed ASYE programme is a good way to do this. The report highlights issues employers have been grappling with such as ensuring their workforce feel well supported and have time to develop their practice by providing protected caseloads and flexible working. However, local authorities face significant recruitment and retention challenges alongside a rise in referrals to children’s social care meaning that this is not always possible.

“The report also raises important insight into how organisations are promoting anti-racist practice and inclusion so that their workforce feels both supported and safe to raise concerns. As employers, we must do all we can to not only encourage diversity within our workforce but also to create a culture that allows everyone to reach their full potential. We know that there are disparities in ASYE success rates or in fitness to practice hearings of social workers from different ethnic backgrounds. There is much more we can do in improving anti-racist practice and to create a truly inclusive environment for the whole of our workforce. We each have a responsibility to stand up for change and to challenge ourselves and each other to do more if we are to achieve a fairer, more tolerant and equal society.”


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