Government's 58m plan may not be enough
Government's 58m plan may not be enough, says leading social care agency.
HCL, the UK's largest health and social care agency, said today that although the Government's 58m plan to reform social services was well overdue, it may not be enough to address the chronic shortage of social workers in the UK.
HCL's Vice Chairman Kate Bleasdale said: "Today's initiative from the Government is certainly welcome, but our concern is that it may not be enough to address the current crisis in which 30% of social work posts in the UK are unfilled. Studies have shown that these vacancies are particularly high in areas where they are needed most, such as London and the East Midlands.
As the UK's leading social care agency, we believe that this is a problem that demands an innovative solution, which is why we actively source qualified social care professionals from Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Canada. Social workers in these countries have to take a four year degree course - as opposed to the UK's three year degree course requirement - meaning that they are highly qualified, experienced and have a good understanding of the social issues involved.
We are pleased that the Government has announced these reforms to the social services sector, and we are committed to helping improve the situation by increasing the number of qualified social workers available to work in the UK."