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Birmingham's problems in childrens services are caused by government policy amongst other things.

Lets look at the story today: The children's services department at Birmingham City Council could be taken over by the Department for Education (DfE), the BBC has learned.

and that of October More than a fifth of frontline social worker posts are unfilled in Birmingham, it has been revealed.

A manager in Birmingham told me that he knew of experienced people who could be employed as social workers in Birmingham, but the government would not allow them because they did not have the right piece of paperwork. We should not be surprised of the existence of problems if only 80% of the staff are in place. Temporary agency staff are not the solution.

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Anonymous said…
What would be the correct piece of paperwork? Are these overseas social workers? Not always a good idea.

If the government truly wants the situation to improve the quality and psychological profile of entrants needs to be monitored. I would like to see a minimum age so ensuring that newly qualified social workers have some experience of life before they commence their training . Some assessment of the curriculum needs to be carried out and whether it will provide a mature, balanced social worker capable of making complex decisions.
Jerry said…
I need a Job, I will be a Social Worker for Birmingham City Council oh the Irony!!

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