newsletterAlmost a fifth of all children’s social worker jobs in England are vacant, despite a rise in recruitment. Councils are said to be relying on agency workers, whilst social workers say they are under constant pressure because of media coverage and criticism of their role in high profile cases.

On BBC News we said that social workers are under an increasing workload, noting that last year ChildLine made 3,714 referrals to local authorities – a 72 per cent increase on the previous year: “Social workers play a vital role in protecting children in communities up and down the country and whilst high profile cases may be adding to the pressures felt by some in the profession, they also emphasise the essential role that social workers can play in prevent tragedies occurring.” Further coverage included Express & Star.

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Sue is customer services manager at Event Rising and writes and provides editorial content for many clients' websites, including Sutton NSPCC
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