Social workers urged to make their home in Birmingham

By on 20/01/2015 in Cllr Jones

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A video and advert to bring experienced social workers to Birmingham have been released by the city council.

Cllr Brigid Jones

Cllr Brigid Jones

Strategic director for people Peter Hay has voiced a video showcasing all Birmingham has to offer to people thinking of moving here; this complements the advert offering social workers the experience they are unlikely to get elsewhere in the country.

This is part of a recruitment and retention strategy addressing the long-standing challenge of bringing more permanent social workers to the city and avoiding the over-reliance on agency staff that affects many local authorities.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “Birmingham is an incredible city to live and work in, and our children need more fantastic social workers to come and make their homes and careers here.

“It’s important that qualified social workers have a clear career path; there is no point recruiting excellent candidates only for them to leave within a few years. To that end we are ensuring that for anyone who stays with us two or more years, and meets the grade, can progress from social worker role to senior social worker. We will also replenish the talent pool at social worker level which will increase the workforce capacity where it is needed and enable manageable caseloads.

“I think the advert is really powerful and will attract just the sort of social workers who want to take that ‘bold step’. And the video shows just what a wonderful city Birmingham is to call home and we will offer them every support in achieving a move here.â€

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