Children's Services Request

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

I would like to establish some information regarding the use for agency labour staff within children’s services and would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for me:

1. In relation to the current master vendor contract in place for the supply of temporary workers, how many qualified social work professionals do you current have in post across Children Services? This is in relation to the provision of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team managers, team managers and service managers within Children Services (referred to from now on as “QSWPs”)

2. In the event that you are unable to source suitably qualified QSWPs from the master vendor do you deal directly with other recruitment agencies who can fill your vacancies on an off framework basis?

3. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, how many temporary QSWPs do you currently have deployed across Children Services on an off framework basis (please provide total numbers by SUPPLIER)?

4. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please provide the NUMBER and GRADE of QSWPs working on a temporary off framework basis by DEPARTMENT?
5. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please provide the range of supplier CHARGE RATES and corresponding GRADE of QSWPs currently working on an off framework agency basis?

6. How much agency QSWP spend has there been outside of the master vendor contract from 6th April 2016 to 31st January 2017?

7. Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for and Children Social Services including all manager NAMES, contact email address, contact telephone numbers and job titles.

Yours faithfully,

Scott J Brown

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 2183  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 2183   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to the supply
of temporary workers.

Right of Access

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Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

1. In relation to the current master vendor contract in place for the
supply of temporary workers, how many qualified social work professionals
do you current have in post across Children Services? This is in relation
to the provision of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team
managers, team managers and service managers within Children Services
(referred to from now on as “QSWPs”)

7

2. In the event that you are unable to source suitably qualified QSWPs
from the master vendor do you deal directly with other recruitment
agencies who can fill your vacancies on an off framework basis?

Yes

3. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, how
many temporary QSWPs do you currently have deployed across Children
Services on an off framework basis (please provide total numbers by
SUPPLIER)?

1.6 - 1 supplier

4. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please
provide the NUMBER and GRADE of QSWPs working on a temporary off framework
basis by DEPARTMENT?
All same grade (B8 QSW equivalent) in North locality
5. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please
provide the range of supplier CHARGE RATES and corresponding GRADE of
QSWPs currently working on an off framework agency basis?

£28 - £33 per hour (experience dependent)
Supplier is THE SOCIAL CARE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP; £33p/h for what would
be Grade 8 NCC and £38.50 for a Grade 9 NCC (Senior Prac).
6. How much agency QSWP spend has there been outside of the master vendor
contract from 6th April 2016 to 31st January 2017?
78,331.90
This is the balance as at 31 Jan, and may not include agency costs for Jan
which weren't paid till Feb. 
7. Please provide me with an up to date Organisational Structure chart for
and Children Social Services including all manager NAMES, contact email
address, contact telephone numbers and job titles.
Please see attached
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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator -
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk