Worrying Retention Rates and Increased Workload of Social Workers

On the 13th of July, I made a speech in the Lords expressing my concerns regarding the setting up of a new regulator. I, along with many others, voiced concerns about the high drop-out rates and increased workloads of social workers.

You can find my speech and the debate in full here.

I was taken with the report that I saw on the BBC this morning about the Commons Education Committee which said that urgent action is needed regarding social workers’ case loads. It drew attention to high drop-out rates leading to increased workloads. It said that these problems must be tackled, particularly the endemic retention problems in the profession. These are the issues that are crying out for urgent attention, and that is my first concern about diverting our attention from them.

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