North East Lincolnshire Council

Council shows support for national social worker recruitment campaign

North East Lincolnshire Council has joined a number of local authorities across the country in supporting the Return to Social Work campaign.

The campaign, which was relaunched by the Local Government Association following initial success in 2017, is part of a push to recruit more social workers.

The national scheme, which aims to get former social workers back into the care sector, has already trained and recruited dozens of staff.

Candidates will be eligible to apply for the scheme until 31 March, with the programme beginning in May 2020. Applications vary according to how long trained social workers have been out of the profession.

Social workers and support staff are highly qualified professionals and do one of the most important, challenging jobs across local government. They do an incredible job every single day, but too many are finding it difficult to return to work.

60 per cent of councils say the retention of care staff is one the biggest challenges facing the sector.

The LGA says that by getting more social workers back into our communities, we can ensure that vulnerable adults and children can continue to rely on the support of social workers they so desperately need.

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children and young people at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Nationally there is a huge gap in the recruiting of social workers – local authorities are desperate for more social workers so we’re fully supportive of this national campaign.

“For former social workers out there, this is a great opportunity to get back into the profession and help to make a difference.”

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils are committed to ensuring children and adults of all ages have access to high quality care and support.

“We are delighted to open up the scheme again after it proved so successful last year. Councils are desperate to get good quality, trained professionals on their books.

“The LGA looks forward to working with the Government Equalities Office to ensure our communities are equipped with social workers that they need as demand increases.”

Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, said:

“No one should be held back in their career because they have taken time out of their job to care for a loved one.

“Councils across the country need the talent, experience and care these people can bring to this vitally important work.

“We are investing in returners to work – giving them the opportunity to refresh and grow their skills. By acting on this issue we can fill empty jobs across the country and achieve true equality in our workplaces.”

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