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Social Services: Leeds

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers were recruited to work in the City of Leeds in each year since 2001. (295357)

Information showing the number of whole-time equivalent social workers employed by the City of Leeds as at 30 September each year from 2001 to 2008 is shown in the following table.

Whole-time equivalent

2001

550.6

2002

552.5

2003

599.9

2004

622.1

2005

624.8

2006

652.8

2007

670.9

2008

681.7

Notes:

1. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care collects and publishes data relating to the number of social workers directly employed by social services departments within councils with social services responsibilities.

2. The information supplied is the number of social workers employed by the City of Leeds social services department. This has been calculated using the same definitions as that: used for the performance indicators which formed part of the “performance assessment framework” (PAF) and was last published by the former Commission for Social Care Inspection in 2007-08. PAF has now been replaced by the national indicator set but there are no comparable equivalent indicators.

3. “Social Workers”, includes team leaders/managers, assistant team managers/senior social workers, care managers, field social workers and child protection, family placement and juvenile/youth justice workers working in children’s services. Councils employ social workers in other roles. These may have social work qualifications and registration with the General Social Care Council, but not be classified as “social workers with children” in the return.

4. Data on the number of staff employed by local authorities in social services departments in England are collected annually by The Information Centre for health and social care by means of form SSDS001; prior to 2005 the data were collected by the Department.

5. The data presented are for whole-time equivalent staff.

6. The latest date for which data are available is 30 September 2008; data for 30 September 2009 for England are expected to be published in spring 2010.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care