APSCo responds to BBC report on temporary social workers
The report highlighted a Community Care Magazine Freedom of Information request which revealed that local authorities’ reliance on locum social workers has increased by over a third. Critics of social work locums have suggested that they are expensive and do not provide the consistency of care needed in today’s society.
Debbie Smith who is the CEO of social care recruiter Caritas Recruitment, and also Chair of APSCo’s Social Work Sector Group, was also featured on the report and said, “Locum social workers are in fact some of the most experienced practitioners in the UK and often they can add valuable insight, particularly when they have been working in a high performing local authority and then go on to work with those which may need improvement.”
Additionally she adds that. "There is no correlation between the use of locum social workers and poor performance a report released by the Department for Education in Mar 2014 showed that those local authorities deemed by Ofsted to be & lsquo;outstanding’ had a higher than the national average usage of locum social workers."