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Locum Social Workers must play a full part in ICS policy process says REC

Locum Social Workers must play a full part in ICS policy process says REC.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation today backed calls from the British Association of Social Workers for the review into the Integrated Childrens System (ICS) to allow Social Work professionals a direct role in formulating policy.

These calls respond to remarks made by Professor Eileen Munro - who is leading the review- asking social workers to give their frank views on the state of the ICS. Responding to these remarks, the REC has highlighted that any process of policy consultation must fully involve Social Workers operating as locums.

Commenting Tim Wheeler, Chair of REC Social Workers said
It is critical that any process of policy reform must be reached through direct engagement with the recruitment industry. One of the major problems with the ICS was that it was created without sufficient consultation, establishing bureaucratic practices that prevented highly trained professionals from doing their jobs. This is a mistake that must not be repeated.

It is particularly important that Professor Munro consults directly with locum social workers. Independent research demonstrates that the current system diverts time away from providing care a particularly dangerous situation when there is high staff turnover or sickness.

Social work recruitment agencies are the first call in these instances, providing highly trained professionals to offer vital care and support. We must ensure that changes to ICS reflect this, removing the constraints that prevent them from delivering fast and efficient care to vulnerable groups.


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