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Recruitment and retention of social workers

Alison Michalska, ADCS Immediate Past President, said:

“Relationships matter to all children; children and young people in care tell us they value continuity in their social worker. As the care population increases so too does our need to recruit more social workers who have the right skills and knowledge to support them. Local authorities continue to use their limited resources to do this locally and regionally but despite our best efforts we still need more people to choose social work as a career and, crucially, to stay in the profession. A national recruitment and retention campaign aimed at tackling longstanding stereotypes of the profession head on, one that clearly explains that good social work can, and does, change lives would be an important part of this endeavor. Without a high quality workforce, we as directors of children’s services cannot do our jobs, to create an environment where great social work can flourish, enabling the children in our care to flourish too.”


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