Inside Britain’s Children’s Services

Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services said:

“The number one priority for all ADCS members is ensuring the best outcomes for all children and their families wherever they live and social workers are key to this. They are engaged, day in and day out, in the most complex family situations and must make difficult decisions to try and bring about change in challenging and sometimes high risk situations. They carry exceptional responsibility on behalf of us all.

“To deliver sustainable, good services we need strong, stable teams but challenges facing social worker recruitment and retention are more acute than ever before especially in a climate where social work is subject to great media scrutiny and professionals are rarely recognised for the positive work that they do with children and families. Research and experience tells us that manageable caseloads, training opportunities and good quality supervision are often more important to staff than higher salaries. However, some local authorities do have significant problems with staff vacancy levels, particularly those who have recently received an “inadequate” judgment by Ofsted. As demand for services continues to grow with more families in need of help it is vital that professionals are given appropriate support, guidance and training in order to do their jobs well. Good social work has the potential to change lives and the Association is committed to promoting one of the most important professions in the country by encouraging better public understanding of the role.”


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