Recruitment of Social Workers

Charlotte R Quinn made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Charlotte R Quinn

Dear Sir or Madam,

RE - Recruitment of Social Workers

Under the Freedom of Information Act please email me a copy of any information you hold on your policies, procedures and guidance for the recruitment of Social Workers. Including how, when and where job adverts are placed, how long they placed and after the closing date how long the interview process should take. How the shortlisting of job applications is undertaken and recorded. How long you retain copies of job applications and related information. How shortlisted candidates should be interviewed and what methods of assessment and interview are used. How interview questions, assessments and case study exercises are devised and formulated. Copies and details of any guidance and training interviewers are given on how to conduct interviews, record and evaluate how interviewees respond to questions, complete assessments or case study exercises. What procedures should be followed to inform candidates of the outcome of any interview/assessment. What criteria is used to make one candidate more successful or employable than any other.

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte R Quinn

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Dear Ms Quinn


I am writing to confirm that we received your information request on
16/06/2009. For your information and future communications your request
has been allocated the reference number FOI2009-322. Please quote this
reference in any future correspondence.

We will consider your request and respond in accordance with the
requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our duty is to
respond promptly or at least within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely


Robin Yu

Information Protection Assistant

FOIA Team, Business Protection Unit

Information Systems Division (ISD)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

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Dear Ms Quinn

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea makes available to all
managers an online step-by-step guide to recruitment and selection. The
guide provides advice on all stages of recruitment, for example
advertising, shortlisting and interviewing. Please find a copy of the
guide and supporting information attached. This is corporate guidance
which applies to all recruitment and selection within the Council.

Advertisements for social workers are usually placed by the Council
in various publications and websites, but most commonly the Guardian and
Community Care.

Job application forms and related information are normally kept for six

Recruitment and selection training is available to all staff involved in
recruitment. A course outline is attached.


Please note, all material provided by the Royal Borough of Kensington and
Chelsea in response to your request for information is for your personal,
non-commercial use. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea reserves
all rights in the copyright of the information provided. Any unauthorised
copying or adaptation of the information without express written
confirmation from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will
constitute an infringement of copyright. Any intention to re-use this
information commercially will require consent. Please forward any requests
for re-use of information to the FOI officer ([1][RBKC request email]).


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and Chief Executive or his nominee. A form is available from our website
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to the Information Commissioner who is responsible for ensuring compliance
with the FOI Act.

Sally Bazeley

Personnel Adviser

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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