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Social Workers

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers there were in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. (296347)

The number of whole-time equivalent (WTE) social workers employed directly by social services departments in England and the Tees Valley as at the 30 September each year from 1999 to 2008 is shown in the following table.

Information is collected by councils with social services responsibilities and is not available at constituency level. Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency covers part of Middlesbrough unitary authority and part of Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority. Tees Valley includes the following councils: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

Number of social workers1 employed directly by social services departments2 in England and the Tees Valley 1999-20083

1999

2000

2001

20024

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Tees Valley

561.3

590.1

627.7

653.5

647.5

695.0

694.3

719.5

745.9

793.4

of which:

Darlington

64.6

65.8

74.4

70.4

57.8

79.0

76.0

78.0

85.2

88.5

Hartlepool

106.0

104.5

117.9

114.6

117.9

118.2

104.8

105.0

107.4

107.9

Middlesbrough

139.3

157.5

165.7

196.5

206.5

234.1

242.0

262.6

262.7

249.8

Redcar and Cleveland

121.0

118.0

124.5

126.8

123.1

122.4

120.0

124.3

136.3

140.2

Stockton-on-Tees

130.4

144.3

145.2

142.2

141.3

151.5

149.6

155.3

207.0

England

35,822.2

36,922.4

37,795.0

38,825.0

40,420.2

41,141.0

42,365.3

43,891.7

44,769.8

44,790.1

1 Children's and adult social workers using the definition as used for the performance indicators which formed part of the Performance Assessment Framework (PAF). 2 The information supplied is the number of social workers employed by social services departments in England and does not include agency staff. 3 As at 30 September each year. 4 Information for Stockton-on-Tees in 2002 is not available and so data for 2001 has been used as a proxy to calculate Tees Valley and England figures, this matches the Department of Health publication of this data.