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

Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Quinn

Freedom of Information request - Ref 1460

Thank you for your request for information about the recruitment of social
workers, which we received on 17 June 2009.

We are dealing with your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Subject to any exemptions under the Act we aim to
reply in line with the statutory deadline of 15 July 2009 or sooner.

There may be a fee payable for some information. If so, any fee must be
paid before the information can be released and the 20 working day time
limit for responding will be suspended until we receive the payment. If
this is the case with your request we will let you know.

Further advice on the Freedom of Information Act is available from the
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire
SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[1]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Commissioning Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email [2][email address]

Website: [3]http://www.solihull.gov.uk

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Summerill, Joanne (Strategic Services - Solihull MBC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Quinn

Freedom of Information request - Ref 1460

I am writing further to your request for information about the recruitment
of social workers, which we received on 17 June 2009.

You asked for a copy of any information we hold on our policies,
procedures and guidance for the recruitment of Social Workers. We do not
have such information

specifically relating to social workers. However we have a recruitment
and selection code of practice which covers all core council vacancies,
permanent, temporary

or fixed term. Social workers are covered by this because they are core
council staff. Please find a copy of this attached.

You also asked the following questions, which we have answered below.

. How, when and where job adverts are placed?

Depending on the actual vacancy, adverts for social workers are usually
placed in Community Care or The Guardian through our advertising agency
Tribal.

. How long they are placed?

Usually they have approximately a two week closing date.

. After the closing date how long the interview process should
take?

This will depend on the circumstances.

. How the short listing of job applications is undertaken and
recorded?

All applications are short listed against the criteria in the person
specification and outcomes are recorded on a pro forma.

. How long you retain copies of job applications and related
information?

Six months

. How shortlisted candidates should be interviewed and what
methods of assessment and interview are used?

The candidates are interviewed by a panel of officers and where
appropriate a young people's panel. Case studies are also used.

. How interview questions, assessments and case study exercises
are devised and formulated?

The interview questions are based around the criteria on the person
specification. The case study is based on `real life' experiences.

. 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.

Interviewers attend a two day recruitment and selection course.

. What procedures should be followed to inform candidates of the
outcome of any interview/assessment?

All candidates, successful or not, are notified either by telephone or
letter

. What criteria is used to make one candidate more successful or
employable than any other?

All candidates are measured against the person specification and the
candidate who best meets this will be successful.

I hope that the information that we have provided is to your
satisfaction. You are free to use any information supplied for your own
use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may
also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type
of re-use, for example, by publishing the information or issuing copies to
the public will require the permission of the copyright owner. For
information on how to apply for permission where the copyright is owned by
the Council please refer to the Council's website
[1]http://www.solihull.gov.uk/democracy/pub.... For
information where the copyright is owned by another person or
organisation, you must apply to the copyright owner to obtain their
permission.

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our
decision you should write to Andrew Shipway, Corporate Information
Governance Manager, PO Box 18, Council House, Solihull, West Midlands B91
9QS or email [2][Solihull Borough Council request email] by 11 August 2009. I enclose a
copy of the Complaints and Appeals procedure that gives further details.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review or complaint, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a
decision. Generally the ICO cannot make a decision until you have
exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone: 01625 545 700, website:
[3]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Yours sincerely

Joanne Summerill

Information Governance Assistant

Commissioning Division

Tel: 0121 704 6169

Email [4][email address]

Website: [5]http://www.solihull.gov.uk

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