Working Conditions for Social Workers

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

“Many social workers find it beneficial to be able to work more flexibly, but there are some definite challenges caused by not having a fixed working space and these must be taken into consideration when changes are made. Because of the practical constraints on councils due to rising demand and reducing budgets, local authorities must think creatively to arrange their workspace in the most efficient, thoughtful way. Arrangements in each council will differ and for some, hot desking can work well but it’s crucial that office arrangements are regularly reviewed and managers are able to address any issues professionals may have so that it does not adversely impact on their mental health and wellbeing or their work with children and families. Important factors include the need for adequate confidential space in which to make phone calls; scope for team members to work near each other to assist information sharing; and sufficient private space for informal 1:1 or group supervision - some things can’t wait until a booked room becomes available. No one should arrive at work to find they have nowhere to sit, or feel forced to work in coffee shops or cars to secure space or privacy.”


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