Recruitment checks for agency social workers

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

“We would expect all agencies to carry out thorough recruitment checks on behalf of the agency social workers they supply to local authorities to ensure they can safely and legally work with vulnerable children and families. Local authorities should take appropriate steps to assure themselves of the thoroughness of the agencies from which they draw their locum workforce. This issue has not been raised with ADCS by our members, nevertheless, if any agencies are not following the necessary recruitment processes this would be a cause for concern for local authorities. These recruitment checks are an important part of keeping the children and families we work with safe and we would urge anyone who has concerns about such practice to raise it with the relevant local authority. It would be interesting to see if Social Work England, as the new regulator, considers this and the actions it might propose to tackle such practice.”


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