Use of Agency social workers

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Dear Bradford City Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 1st April 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

2 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

3 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

Yours faithfully,

Jim Ward

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Dear  Jim Ward

 

I refer to your request dated 18th August 2020 under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  To enable me to proceed with your request, I will
require further details in order to identify and locate all the requested
information.

 

In order to help us to provide the information required, please could you
clarify the following:

 

The first 2 questions ask for information on “qualified” social workers
but question 3 asks about “professionals”. Please can you confirm if you
want the spend just on qualified social workers.

 

The Council has suspended your request until we receive clarification, and
the 20 working days to respond will commence upon receipt of your
clarification. If we do not hear from you within one month, we will assume
that you no longer require the information and this request will be
closed.

 

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Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Information Governance Officer

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Telephone Number: 01274 434506

Email: [Bradford City Council request email]

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

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Dear Bradford City Council,

To clarify, I'm referring to agency social work professionals in question 3.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Ward

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Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

Dear  Jim Ward

 

I refer to your request dated 18th August 2020 under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  To enable me to proceed with your request, I will
require further details in order to identify and locate all the requested
information.

 

In order to help us to provide the information required, please could you
clarify the following:

 

In question 1 and 2 you ask for numbers of “qualified” social workers but
in question 3 you ask for total spend on social work “professionals”. To
enable me to provide you with the correct information please can you let
me know if the information you require for question 3 is also just for
“qualified” social workers. If not, please can you provide examples of the
other types of  “professional” social work roles that you require this
information on.

 

 

The Council has suspended your request until we receive clarification, and
the 20 working days to respond will commence upon receipt of your
clarification. If we do not hear from you within one month, we will assume
that you no longer require the information and this request will be
closed.

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
very seriously. 

 

To find out more on how we handle your information, please click on the
following link: https://www.bradford.gov.uk/privacy-notice

 

 

Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Information Governance Officer

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Telephone Number: 01274 434506

Email: [Bradford City Council request email]

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

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Dear Bradford City Council,

To clarify, I am referring to qualified social workers in question 3.

Yours sincerely,

Jim Ward

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Information (FOI) Act or a Subject Access Request (SAR) for your own
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Council Corporate Information Governance Team.  We confirm that we have
received your correspondence.

 

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Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

Dear Mr Ward

 

I refer to your request dated 15^th September 2020 and your subsequent
clarification responses to us dated 8^th & 21^st September 2020 under the
Freedom of Information Act asking to supply the following information:

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on 1st April 2020, split by:

Children’s Services social work roles

Response - 97

Adults’ Services social work roles

Response - 14

2 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:

Children’s Services social work roles

Response - 120

Adults’ Services social work roles

Response - 10

3 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency)
social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

Response - £3,223,106.75

 

Comensura  £5,257,883.44

 

The roles covered by the figure above are

 

Assessed Contact Supervisor
Auditor - Cchdt
Best Interests Assessor
Care Coordinator
Child Protection Coordinator
Community Resource Worker
Education Project
Family Support Worker
Head Of Service (Social Work)
Independent Reviewing Officer
Occupational Therapist
Practice Supervisor
Residential Practitioner
Safeguarding Adults Manager
Send Casework Officer
Service Manager
Social Worker - Newly Qualified
Social Worker - Standard
Social Worker Level 2
Social Worker Level 3
Specialist Tutor
Support Worker Childrens (Nvq Level 3)
Team Manager

 

There is also the work done by Paradigm Consulting £1,688,042 (project
team of Social workers) and First Healthcare Ltd  £72,986 (Specialist
nursing)

 

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, if you are not
satisfied with the reply to your request you can ask for a review. A
request for a review must be submitted within 40 working days in writing
to the Corporate Information Governance Team, City of Bradford
Metropolitan District Council, City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1
1HY or by emailing [1][Bradford City Council request email].

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113 URL: [2]www.ico.org.uk.

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is registered with the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) under the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 2018. The Council takes its responsibilities under the Act
very seriously.  To find out more on how we handle your information,
please click on the following link:
[3]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/privacy-notice

 

Kind Regards

 

Amanda Lyth

Information Governance Officer

 

Finance, IT & Procurement Service

 

Tel: 01274 431322

[mobile number]

City Hall, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1HY

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Department of Corporate Resources

 

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