Childrens Services social workers

Loredana Grigore made this Freedom of Information request to Derby City Council

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Loredana Grigore

Dear Derby City Council,

I would be grateful if you could respond to the following questions:

1. What is the trend data for your Local Authority over the last three years in relation to the proportion of agency front line social workers (those holding cases) as opposed to front line directly employed workers; the average number of cases held by all front line workers; the turnover rate of both directly employed and also agency social workers?
2. Do you have a strategic recruitment and retention plan for front line social workers? If so please provide a copy and any data that can support or otherwise it’s effectiveness in achieving it’s aims.
3. Last year HCPC estimated that it would process about 600 registration applications from foreign-trained social workers. Have you considered international recruitment. If you have not are there specific reasons why you have not pursued such an option given that children’s social work is on the government’s official shortage occupation list?
4. If you have recruited from outside of the UK can you please provide details of source countries and the numbers involved ideally broken down by those who have applied to you themselves and those you have recruited through an agency? How long has it taken to get such workers into post after interview? How many were registered to work in the UK (including the provinces) in advance of interview? What proportion have passed their probationary periods? What data do you have on retention rates for such social workers?
5. If you have recruited through an agency what fees and costs were involved? How did you comply with principles of procurement and in particular ensure best value? How many agencies were contacted and invited to bid? Were there any agencies who you knew provided such workers but were overlooked for such purposes? If you had a procurement specification(source country, post qualification experience, languages, registration situation etc), please provide a copy.
6. Which Officer (position and name if appropriate) takes lead responsibility for the recruitment and retention of childrens services social workers?

I thank you in advance for the time and trouble in responding to my questions.

Yours faithfully,

Loredana Grigore

FOI, Derby City Council

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I acknowledge your request for information received on 26/5/17 about
‘Children Services Social Workers’.

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FOI, Derby City Council

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Dear Loredana Grigore,

Thank you for your request received 26/5/17 under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) for ‘Childrens Services Social Workers’.

 

Unfortunately, I am unable to identify the information you have requested
from the details you provided in your request.

 

Please clarify the following …

 

Q1 c the turnover rate of both directly employed and also agency social
workers?

 

Do you want the information based on calendar year – 1 Jan to 31 Dec?

 

Or financial years – 1 April to 31 Mar? 

 

Please note that the Council records information by financial year.

 

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Loredana Grigore

Dear FOI,

Use the most recent data available. At worst it will be what you submit to the gov in Seeptember each year although this does not include turnover for agency workers which some LAs monitor whilst others do not.

Yours sincerely,

Loredana Grigore

FOI, Derby City Council

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FOI, Derby City Council

Dear Loredana Grigore,

 

Thank you for your request received 26/5/17 under the Freedom of
Information  Act 2000 (FOIA) about ‘Childrens Services Social Workers’.

 

The 20 working day deadline to send you the response was by is by 26 June.

 

Unfortunately, it is taking the Council longer than expected to deal with
your request because we are having problems accessing the information on
the system.  This issue is being looked into and we will aim to send you
the response by 7 July or earlier, if possible.

 

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

You can ask for the decision not to disclose the information to be
reviewed under the Council’s FOI Complaints Procedure.  Please send your
appeal reasons within 40 working days to the …

 

Information Governance Officer (FOI)
Derby City Council
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Derby
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Yours sincerely,

 

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Dear Loredana Grigore,

 

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