Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

£1M to recruit more children's social workers

child asleep

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

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Wessex FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox

dorset business directory

Book A Wessex FM Big Night Out Here

Book A Wessex FM Big Night Out Here

Wessex fm Disco, Quiz & Race Nights!

New Car Stickers

New Car Stickers

Grab your new localised stickers today!

Dorset Webcams

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county



Find out how to grow your business with us

island community action

Trending in Dorset

£15,000 worth of drugs seized in Weymouth

Police involved in week of action against "County Line" drug dealing networks.

Crime rises again in Dorset

It's up 8% and there've been record levels of 999 calls over the summer.

Helping those held in custody

An appeal for more volunteers to become ICV's continues.

UPDATED: Dorset health campaigners win a victory

Plans to reorganise NHS health services in Dorset will be referred to the Secretary of State.

Unison vows to fight council job losses

The posts are going as part of the reorganisation of local councils in Dorset.

More news...