Caritas responds to recent media attention surrounding the use of locum workers
Addressing these concerns, Debbie Smith, CEO of Caritas Recruitment, who also featured on the BBC report 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 commented, “there is no correlation between the use of locum social workers and poor performance a report released by the Department for Education in March 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.”
In recent years social services has seen a consistent rise in workloads and without the additional capacity locum workers offer, they simply would not be able to keep up with this demand on services.
As a specialist social work recruitment business, Caritas carries out in-depth background and suitability checks on all locum workers. This ensures that local authorities are provided with suitably experienced, trained and therefore safer social workers. Caritas is the first recruitment business to pass APSCo’s new best practice quality standard for social work recruitment (Compliance ) while also holding the ISO 9001 accreditation. This recognises that safeguarding and high service levels are consistently delivered across the organisation.
Furthermore, Caritas has created a new recruitment solution (caritas fidelity), specifically designed to increase continuity and stability within social work teams. Caritas fidelity delivers this by introducing three key initiatives, including longer fixed term contracts reflecting the actual need within the service, mutual one month notice periods adding a level of security, and also providing CPD and enhanced supervision for locum social workers.