Social Services: Vacancies

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate how many vacancies there are for social workers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

The number of vacancies in local authority departments for field social workers with children was 3,267 and for other field social workers 2,534, in 2005.

Social workers are also employed by CAFCASS and other organisations in the private and voluntary sector, but vacancy figures are not collected centrally.

A review of workforce issues—including recruitment and retention—entitled 'Options for Excellence' was published in October 2006 jointly by DfES and Department of Health.

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