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Adult social care workforce sees 7% increase

Recent data has shown a 7% increase in adult social workers last year.   According to annual statistics provided by Skills for Care, English local authorities expanded their adult social worker team, incorporating agency personnel, from 17,300 to 18,500 in the year ending September 2023, marking a 7% surge as per the latest annual data from […]

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 […]

Care population on the rise for 15th year running

Research from the Department of Education (DoE) reveals that the number of people receiving care in England has increased for the 15th consecutive year. This growth is primarily down to the increase in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children coming to the UK, the data shows.  From 31 March 2023, there were 83,840 children in care, marking a […]

Labour pledge to reform mental health care

Labour have announced plans to reform the Mental Health Act 1983 if they win the next general election.    The party aims to include this in its first legislative programme post-election, which is expected to take place latest January 2025.    Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, said: “The next Labour government will reform the […]

Are care workers really being paid less?

According to recent findings, care workers are now earning less and gaining lower-level qualifications than in previous years.    The data also indicates that adult social care employees who receive higher wages possess relevant qualifications, have access to training opportunities, and enjoy job security are markedly less prone to leaving their positions compared to those […]

Pay dispute continues amidst local strikes and walk outs from local government

UNISON, GMB and Unite held talks in September to discuss the local government pay dispute for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  The pay offer currently stands at £1,925 for those earning up to £49,950, while higher-paid social workers could be given a 3.88% increase.  While the three unions all agree that the national offer should […]

Government rolls out national suicide prevention strategy

The UK government has introduced a comprehensive five-year initiative aimed at tackling the rising rates of suicide.  It aims to provide mental health support for groups identified as being at risk, including young people, middle-aged men, healthcare staff, autistic people and new mothers.  In 2022, the Office for National Statistics reported 5,275 suicides in England, […]