‘Pay more or recruit workers from abroad’
Council looks to improve its children’s services Ofsted
SOCIAL workers could be recruited from abroad so a council can fulfil its role as ‘corporate parents’ to safeguard children.
Bucks County Council plans to invest £4.8million from its reserves and £1million from its contingency funds into its children’s services. Ofsted labelled its children’s services as inadequate in a report in August. The matter was discussed at a Bucks County Council full meeting on Thursday last week.
Speaking after the meeting, deputy cabinet member for children’s services David Martin said: “There is a national shortage of professional social workers, what makes it worse in Bucks is the proximity we are to London. You can be in London in half an hour and
(From left) Angela Macpherson, David Martin and Martin Tett there is a completely different rate of pay.
“We are looking at a number of measures in improving recruitment and retention. One of the measures is a complete review of the salary package and another is the possibility of recruiting highly qualified people from abroad but they would have to have a stringent assessment.”
At the meeting, leader of the county council Martin Tett said: “Children’s safeguarding is the most important and serious topic that any council can have before it. It is the safeguarding and keeping safe of children in the county.”
Cabinet member for children’s services Angela Macpherson said: “I am totally committed to this work and my aim is to get Bucks back to a good judgement within 18 months.”
The council has received an increase of 70 per cent in referrals for cases in children’s