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Caseload Guarantee for Social Workers Proposed by Council
A council plans to invest £4 million into reducing caseloads for social workers and also to reduce the number of children in care in their area in order to improve support for young people.
Walsall council plan to introduce what they call a “caseload threshold guarantee”, with plans to cap social worker’s caseloads to 15 for experienced social workers and 12 for those who are newly qualified.
The plans for the investment are to allow social workers to focus more on their individual cases and to “work more intensively with children who are looked after to support maintaining them safely at home and promoting placement stability when they are looked after”, the council told Community Care.
The council have included the investment within their budget, and believe that nearly £1 million will be saved because of the investment. The consultation for the budget is open until 9th December 2016.
Any proposals to make caseloads more manageable are sure to be viewed positively by social work practitioners. There was a warning from Ofsted in June this year that too many social workers were facing high workloads, and the watchdog said this was a major factor in many failing local authorities.
Following this announcement, it is to be expected that other councils will look at new and innovative ways of reducing caseloads or making them more manageable in the near future which can only be good news for social workers.