Councils prompted to join project in move to reduce social worker workload

Local authorities are encouraged to participate in an initiative aimed at alleviating the workload of social workers within children’s services departments


Fifteen authorities will examine and evaluate strategies and tools to address unnecessary challenges for practitioners, ultimately allowing them to dedicate more time to children and families.


The review testing and implementation network (RTIN) will collaborate with the national workload action group (NWAG), established by the Department for Education (DfE) as a component of its reforms in children’s social care.


The NWAG’s mission is to “streamline and reduce unnecessary regulatory, central government and local level workload drivers,” as well as explore ““effective and efficient case recording and recording of the child’s voice”.


How to get involved with the workloads project

Authorities interested in joining the RTIN must fill in the application form before the deadline this Friday, 26 January. 


The NWAG is looking for a diverse mix for participants from across the UK with a range of Ofsted ratings. 


If your authority is selected, you will be given £7,000 to fund your research into which resources are effective. This will also consist of virtual group discussions and online feedback. 


The reviews will take place between January 2024 – March 2025.


The research is being funded by The Department for Education, King’s College London, Research in Practice and Essex County Council. 


Findings and results will be available on the DfE’s website. 

carlette Isaac

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