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Social Services: Manpower

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to increase recruitment into the social care workforce. (123379)

DfES and Department of Health jointly published a review of the social care workforce ‘Options for Excellence’ in October 2006. This sets out a vision of a proud, professional and successful workforce for the future. The report includes a number of steps to directly or indirectly support recruitment into the workforce.

Both the DfES and DH are currently considering how to take forward, with partners, the options set out in the report. Some of these are already under way or have been completed such as the development of a code of practice for international recruitment. Other options in the report will be included for consideration in the current and future comprehensive spending reviews.