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Scheme seeks to tackle national shortage of experienced social workers

A new initiative has launched to encourage former social workers to return to the sector.

‘Come Back to Social Work’ is a partnership between the Department of Health (DH), Department of Education (DfE), Local Government Association (LGA) and Jobsgopublic.

The scheme aims to tackle a national shortage of experienced social workers. It offers a free 13-week refresher programme to those that have been out of the sector for less than five years. On finishing the programme, participants should be ready to re-register with the HCPC as social workers and return to practice.

Whilst the scheme is the brainchild of the LGA, it has been made possible through Jobsgopublic donating their innovative recruitment software and building a dedicated microsite, free of charge.

Miles Skelton, managing director of Jobsgopublic, commented, “We work with a number of the very best social care employers in the UK. Something we hear time and time again is that they are really struggling with a lack of experienced social workers.

“It’s something that is very close to our hearts so when we were approached with the idea, we were happy to donate some of our technology to the cause. It has been so effective for many other campaigns that we hope to achieve similar results here”.  

It is the hopes of those involved that the scheme will inject some much needed experience into the sector, not only providing high levels of care and support to those most in need but also aiding the development of young social workers. 

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