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Social Services: Greater London

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many social workers in each London borough were agency employees at the latest date for which figures are available. (258200)

Social workers are directly recruited by their employers. The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect information on how many agency staff are employed within these settings.

In their Children’s, Young People’s and Families’ Social Care Workforce Survey 2006, the local authority workforce intelligence group estimated that the total number of children’s social care work force agency staff employed by London boroughs was 1,290. The survey went on to suggest that around a third of these agency staff covered field social work posts.

In December 2008, we announced a social work taskforce which will make recommendations for long term development of social work; social worker recruitment and retention will be considered as part of this.