Recruitment of Social Workers

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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

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 IGT_FOI_06_1914 - Policies, procedures and
guidance recruiting Social Workers

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Legal Services

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London E14 2BG

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Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Chris Walsh

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 -

Your request for information dated 7^th July 2009 has been considered
under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and the
information is below.

Age Range <= 20 21 - 24 25 - 34 35 - 44 45 - 49 50 - 54 55+ Total

Directorates
Adults Health and
Well Being
Services 7 84 170 121 113 143 638
Chief Executive 3 5 58 40 21 23 18 168
Children's
Services 14 99 691 831 488 438 464 3025
Communities
Localities and
Culture 13 49 203 229 165 134 155 948
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Renewal 1 13 75 43 33 27 39 231
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Charlotte R Quinn

Dear Jane L Jones,

Your response http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/re... is for another person.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte R Quinn

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Charlotte R Quinn

Dear Jane L Jones,

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 IGT_FOI_06_1914 - Policies, procedures
and guidance recruiting Social Workers
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/re...

Please note your response to the information asked for is overdue. By law, the response had to be prompt but no later than 15 July 2009.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte R Quinn

Jane L Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Dear Ms Quinn

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - IGT_FOI_06_1914 - Policies, procedures
and guidance recruiting Social Workers

Your request for information dated Date: 16th June 2009 has been
considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and
listed below. I apologise for the delay in sending the response.

. A copy policy, procedures and guidance for the recruitment of
Social Workers: See attached

. We use different recruitment medias to advertise vacancies

. We only recruit when the need arises e.g. due to resignations,
retirement or new job creation

. Adverts are placed in the following media e.g. local media - East
end Life, Council Website powered by Jobs Go Public, Community care site
and Magazine, All Care job website and internal Council Vacancy list

. Adverts are placed for three and half weeks before closing

. The length of the interview process will depend on the job/ role
advertised.

. Short listing of job applications is undertaken and recorded by
the panel and recorded on a short listing grid attached

. Copies of all application forms and related information are
retained for a maximum period of 6 months after the process.

. See attached the Council's recruitment and selection training
guide

. As stated above please see attached the Council's recruitment and
selection guide for recruiting managers and the interview panel members

. As stated above please see attached the Council's guidance and
training given to interviewers' on how to conduct interviews, record and
evaluate how interviewees respond to questions, complete assessments or
case study exercises.

. Applicant invited to interviews are normally informed of the
interview outcome by phone call and letter with an option of giving verbal
feedback if requested by the applicant

. The job person specification is used to assess the applicants
both at short listing and interview stages.

If you have any queries please get in touch with me to discuss them. You
might like to know that the Council's website [1]www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
contains a section on the Freedom of Information Act that lists other
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Yours sincerely,

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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Rupna Khanam, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Dear Ms Quinn

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000- IGT_FOI_08_2068- Social Work Assistants
Job

Your request for information dated 2^nd August 2009 has been considered
under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. Please see below
the information requested. We have answered questions 1 and 2. The
recruitment process is still in progress as such we are unable to provide
any of the documentation or information requested on the interview or the
successful candidate. However, you can put in another request once the
process has been completed

1) 241 applicants applied the vacant post

2) 14 applicants are shortlisted to be interview

If you have any queries please get in touch with me to discuss them. You
might like to know that the Council's website [1]www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
contains a section on the Freedom of Information Act that lists other
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Yours sincerely,

Jane Jones

Information Governance Administrative Officer

Legal Services

6th Floor

Mulberry Place

London E14 2BG

0207 364 4736

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If you unhappy with this response or wish to complain about any aspect of
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Tower Hamlets Town Hall

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London E14 2BG

If you are subsequently not satisfied with the Council's response to your
complaint you have a right of appeal to the independent Information
Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 700

[4]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Further information about the operation of the act is available from the
council's website [5]www.towerhamlets.gov.uk and the information leaflet
in public reception areas in Council buildings.

Original Request

Dear Sir or Madam,

Social Work Assistants (Family Support and Protection Teams) Ref:
CSD/1971

For the above Job you recently advertised, can you please send me
an email of the following information

1) How many people applied?

2) How many people got short listed for interview?

and a copy of.

3) The actual questions used in the interview(s) for this post,
including a copy of the document/form or documents/forms used to
record the interviewees responses, in addition to scoring or
evaluating any interviewee's responses.

4) A copy of any document/form or documents/forms used to short
list candidates for this post.

5) Was anyone recruited for the post, and

5.1) Was the successful candidate already an employee or agency
worker, or an external one?

6) A copy of any actual Case study or computer or paper based
exercise/task used in the interview(s) or recruitment for this
specific post, in addition to any document/form or documents/forms
used for scoring or evaluating any interviewee's exercise/task.

7) What was the Job Title or Designation of all those who conducted
or participated in the interview(s) for this particular post.

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte R Quinn

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