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£1M to recruit more children's social workers

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8:13am 7th December 2017

Councillors have agreed to invest £1m to recruit an additional 20 experienced children's social workers in Dorset.

Dorset County Council needs more social workers to help reduce the number of children in care and bring down caseloads for existing staff, so they can focus more on changing families' lives.

Like most of the country, Dorset is seeing increasing demand for children's social care and is tackling this by focusing its efforts more on prevention and early help.

Members of the Cabinet agreed yesterday (6 December) to fund the additional jobs. Cllr Steve Butler, Cabinet member for children's services, said:

"It's right that we're investing additional money into recruiting more children's social workers. If we want to reduce the number of children going into care, we need to give our staff more time to work closely with families so they can really make a difference. The more social workers we have, the more manageable our caseloads will become, meaning there's more time to change children's lives for the better."

The council has also been awarded £2m from the Department for Education to fund a unique learning and development programme aimed at its children's social work teams.

Called Reinvigorating Social Work, it's about helping social workers build relationships that will make a positive difference to children and families who need help.

Cllr Butler added:

"Investing time and resources into our social workers' development will mean better outcomes for children across the county - which is ultimately what this is all about."

You can find out more about Reinvigorating Social Work and see the latest vacancies at www.dorsetforyou.com/social-work-jobs

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