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Shortage of Social Workers
« on: 14 Jun 2022 11:00AM »
This morning I was reading on the BBC regional news that there is a dire shortage of social workers in West Sussex and I was wondering if other people had also been affected by this.


Here's a link to the article:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-61751299

Apparently there are 62 permanent vacancies and 46 full time permanent absences. Some of these positions are covered by agency staff but there are still 30 unfilled positions.

The results of this are showing in the lack of contact that people are receiving from social workers. In one way I'm happy to be left alone to get along with things and on the other I would like to get to know my new team since moving from the Central to Coastal teams 18 months ago. My care plan hasn't been reviewed or updated for four years now and during the pandemic I received one call to inform me of the services available and a 'courtesy welfare check ' six months in! Much help that was!

West Sussex has been rated inadequate in the past and I'm not surprised there is such a high rate of staff absence. The stress must be incredibly high and I feel sorry for new people entering the profession who may not get the level of mentoring or supervision they need to support them through their early years.
The Council's grand plan seems to be to recruit from overseas, whilst I have no problem with people migrating for work, I do fear that some of the countries they are recruiting from are in desperate need of their own well qualified staff. Perhaps this is more of a global shortage problem.

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Re: Shortage of Social Workers
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jun 2022 12:27PM »
This morning I was reading on the BBC regional news that there is a dire shortage of social workers in West Sussex and I was wondering if other people had also been affected by this.


Here's a link to the article:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-61751299

Apparently there are 62 permanent vacancies and 46 full time permanent absences. Some of these positions are covered by agency staff but there are still 30 unfilled positions.

The results of this are showing in the lack of contact that people are receiving from social workers. In one way I'm happy to be left alone to get along with things and on the other I would like to get to know my new team since moving from the Central to Coastal teams 18 months ago. My care plan hasn't been reviewed or updated for four years now and during the pandemic I received one call to inform me of the services available and a 'courtesy welfare check ' six months in! Much help that was!

West Sussex has been rated inadequate in the past and I'm not surprised there is such a high rate of staff absence. The stress must be incredibly high and I feel sorry for new people entering the profession who may not get the level of mentoring or supervision they need to support them through their early years.
The Council's grand plan seems to be to recruit from overseas, whilst I have no problem with people migrating for work, I do fear that some of the countries they are recruiting from are in desperate need of their own well qualified staff. Perhaps this is more of a global shortage problem.


Where I live in West Cornwall social workers are as rare as rocking horse poo and Unicorns.

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Re: Shortage of Social Workers
« Reply #2 on: 14 Jun 2022 09:49PM »
Yes there’s a shortage, there is also a very quick burnout among staff. The escalating caseload along with withdrawal of admin support, constant focus on social work failing when it’s the abusive parent who kills the child. The social workers get investigated, tried and found guilty in the court of public opinion so who on earth would want the job.


New students arrive, within 6 months they are looking to move elsewhere as they see the senior social workers crumbling under unmanageable caseloads, senior council staff are scrambling about with reducing budgets yet expect more for less.  :f_steam: :f_steam: :f_wah:

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Re: Shortage of Social Workers
« Reply #3 on: 14 Jun 2022 11:11PM »
I wish I was surprised, but I'm not.  (Warning, leftie anti-small-state political rant.)  There's a type of neoliberal politics, introduced to this country by Thatcher, and eagerly pursued by our current government, that's 'small state', mainly dismantling public services by 'defund, demoralise, privatise'.  Of course, that only means privatising the profitable bits - just abandon the rest and let philanthropy and 'natural selection' sort it.

I'm amazed anyone can still recruit social workers.  I have my suspicion that what in America is called the Great Resignation, where a shortage of some sorts of workers is leading to loads of workers retiring early, leading to more shortages and workers being pickier.

Here, we have doctors and nurses quitting.  Some of you will have read or maybe seen the documentary about Operose-owned GP practices, which are massively understaffed, with lots of the GPs replaced by Physicians Assistants, and incoming correspondance dealt with by non-clinical staff, who decide whether to file or pass on to a GP or PA.  Etc., etc.

So why would anyone want to work in public service in any D,D,P role?
(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)

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Re: Shortage of Social Workers
« Reply #4 on: 02 Jul 2022 01:30PM »
I agree about the great resignation and younger people not wanting or being able to do the job. The disgusting thing about it is that the processes in place, the tick boxes and simplistic processes in place on work for a certain type of person and only the less empathetic can do it. The end result after the olders have resigned or retired means the the social workers left wont be like the social workers we had.


The same goes for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and GPs.