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Digital copy of a Report by Tony Le Sueur providing a Children's Service staffing update as at April 2009.
April 17th 2009 - April 17th 2009
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Provides background information about pressure on staffing within the Children's Service, citing extreme criticisms of the Service expressed by a former Health and Social Services Minister, subsequent enquiries to review and scrutinise those allegations and the knock on effects of the Historic Child Abuse Inquiry. Outlines a number of related factors which have contributed to staffing pressures, citing: the suspension of key staff and placement of key staff on frequent or extended periods of sick leave owing to allegations made against them and increased levels of work; high number of vacancies within social work teams due to staff departures; pressures of work occasioned by heightened levels of scrutiny, risk aversion and increases in numbers and complexity of referrals; and the recruitment of temporary short-term staff to cover vacancies. Outlines the interim situation regarding team managers, senior practitioners within the Assessment and Child Protection Team, main grade social workers, and other teams within the Service. Also sets out the current situation detailing discussion about the return date of suspended managers, implications regarding other staff, and the situation regarding senior practitioners and main grade staff. Finishes with conclusion about continued pressure on the Service, a reduction in staff vacancies and details of the remaining vacancies within the social work services.
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