Iris Resourcing – Recruitment with integrity.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Iris Resourcing is an unrivalled specialist boutique resourcing partner to the looked after children’s social work sector, with a focus across fostering and adoption: with a focus on permanent recruitment, we work strategically to find the ideal fit, matching experience, skills and aspirations.

We work with:

  • Supervising Social Workers
  • Senior Practitioners
  • Deputy / Team Managers
  • Regional Managers / Directors
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Business Development Consultants /Managers
  • Placement Officers
  • Placement Managers
  • Recruitment Officers
  • Administrators

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We offer a personal and open consultative service, with integrity

Key aspects of the Iris service are good old fashioned communication, integrity and honesty, combined with an unrivalled expansive network

We work with:

  • Independent Fostering Agencies
  • Not for profit fostering agencies / organisations
  • Charities
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Local Authorities

Iris Resourcing is a bespoke consultancy with a comprehensive and long standing understanding of the fostering and adoption arena. We take time to get to know the ‘fit’ you or an organisation require, striving to understand your motivators, future goals and aspirations.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2919″ img_size=”thumbnail ” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”” style=”flat”]For further information around our service, to discuss the fostering / adoption job market and / or discuss any current vacancies, please contact Harriet Connolly on 0121 323 3720 / 07740 773499 /

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Looking back on our first convention

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thank you to all those that joined us for our Work and Care Together event on Monday 11th June. Our first convention was a great success with over 500 attendees! We were delighted to welcome such a huge variety of people – especially our main partner Cera Care, and our other brilliant partner companies, including CAN Training, Liquid Personnel, Critical Publishing, Moodbeam and many more!

The whole of the One Stop Social team have been working for months on end to put together our first convention. The team were at the venue for the whole of the day before working with The Index Group to set up stands, banners and everything else that comes along with putting together a convention! Thankfully, all the hard work paid off and we’re very proud of how the convention turned out!

Matt Hughes, Managing Director of One Stop Social, opened the event introducing Work and Care Together as a community for like-minded individuals to get together, network and share ideas on what it takes to build a positive, productive work culture of highly engaged employees in the Social Work and Care sector.

The day went on to attendees lining up for our sold out workshops including Child Sexual & Criminal Exploitation, Social Work Theory and End of Life Care. We also had a ‘Tech Team’ of  postgraduate students filming and photographing the whole event, so keep an eye out for our highlights video coming out soon![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”2789″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

“The event was well organised and all the One Stop Social Staff were on hand throughout the day. We made some good connections on the day and hope to meet some of you again!”  –  Heather Maher at CAN Training

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to our great speakers – Rosie Flatman, Siobhan Maclean, Robert  Russell, Tristan Johnson from DoLSpro,  Terri Shaw from Harm-Ed, Tina Training Initiatives, Suzie Doe and the team at  Progress to Excellence. They were truly insightful and gave difference perspectives of specific topics in the Social Work field.

We really loved working with our featured innovative businesses – Goodgym, MiCarePlan, Moodbeam, iamYiam, Virtual College and DoLSpro – and can’t wait for our next collaboration. If you haven’t checked them out yet, make sure you do. Great things are happening there for the social work and care market.

A huge thank you to those who joined us in launching Work and Care Together and for those who attended. We see this as just the beginning of creating a highly active and connected community for like-minded social workers, care workers, students, job seekers, and everyone else in the social work world who wants to discuss current and future challenges, share knowledge, network and experiment with innovative ideas. We plan to provide the right platforms to do this and tailor future events around your needs and interests. So, whether you’re a company that would like to partner with us or just someone who would like to attend our next convention, please let us know what you’d like to see here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2810″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=”Interested in more events like this? Check out our events page and sign up now. ” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Check out the latest events here” btn_style=”classic” btn_color=”warning” btn_size=”lg” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”|||”][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Personal Budgets for Care – One Stop Social


We need to talk about money for care.

Now, before you’re taken over by a stereotypically British reluctance to discuss finances in public or just an exhaustion from feeling like all we do lately is think about the financial state of the social care sector; bear with us on this one. We all know the service providers within care are massively underfunded and the quality or quantity of service that care workers can provide is at risk. However, this time we need to think about a different aspect of things: personal budgets and what they entail.

A personal budget is an amount of money that the council provide you if they decide you’re eligible for this level of monetary support. The amount is dependent on how much the care needed costs in your local area, tailoring each personal budget on the situation. This money will be under the individuals control and must now legally be incorporated into every care and support plan. The “local authority must provide personal budgets to whoever meets the regulations in the Act”, showing a new level of legal support for the personalisation of care in the UK.

Personal budgets have been pushed forward in recent years by the Care Act of 2014 declaring that “everyone with an eligible need for social care should be given one”. While personal budgets have been available to some lucky eligible people for a few years, the Care Act sets the precedent that all people who need support, get it. The fact that the control of the money is kept by the person needing care or support helps maintain a level of control over their own lives – something that can feel very important when your body or mind needs external support.

So, what is the process to get a personal budget? The way it works is if you appear to need care and support, regardless of your finances, your local authority have to complete a ‘needs assessment’ so that they can understand the whole story of your needs and outcomes. Your eligibility will then be compared against a national minimum threshold, and if you’re found to be eligible then your personal budget will be calculated.

This may all be sounding like a step in the right direction – helping families and communities support those who need care but can’t afford it themselves – but we must be cautious. As the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman recently noticed, Wiltshire Council were placing people into bands, capping the personal budget certain people received irrelevant of the level of care needed. This thereby restricted the care people could access, which seems counterproductive to the whole idea of a personal budget. Additionally, a Community Care survey found that the personalisation promised is not something that is happening in real life. Councils were found to be stopping people from spending their personal budgets (which they should have full control over) how they wanted, especially in cases of building quality of life through activities such as university courses, trips, holidays, gardening and more.

We’d love to say we’re surprised that administrative changes haven’t had the impact promised within the care sector, but let’s be honest here – we all know more drastic approaches are needed to truly help both sides of social care. Personal budgets are a great idea in theory, but in order to make them work better in practice, the government as a collective needs to make a conscious effort to provide legal structural support for those in care, while enforcing those who find loopholes in regulations or bend the rules at the cost of patients.


Work & Care Together 2018 – A Social Work and Care Professionals Convention – 11th June

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We are organising a convention, “Work & Care Together: Recruitment, Development and Innovation in 2018”, to bring together the key players in the social work and care industry for a day of networking and training.

The event will take place on Monday 11th June 2018 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, and will have 3 elements to it: a series of training sessions, presentations from new innovative front-line services in social work/care and an exhibition of resource companies, training providers and key services. “Work & Care Together” will be targeted directly at those working in social work and care – as well as students and businesses – to focus on the current issues of recruitment, retention and employee development in the industry, while also showcasing innovative businesses.

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Employer Spotlight – Eden Brown Synergy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Eden Brown Synergy have confirmed their attendance at Work and Care Together on Monday 11th June!

As one of the longest established public sector recruitment suppliers in the UK, we know they’ll bring some fantastic experience to One Stop Social’s first convention! Make sure you’ve registered for a free ticket to attend and speak with one of their specialist professionals to help you find your next role.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”Work & Care Together” txt_align=”center” add_button=”bottom” btn_title=”Book Now” btn_color=”warning” btn_align=”center” btn_link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”]Book your free general admission ticket at our eventbrite page now[/vc_cta][vc_column_text]With a client base that spans social services departments as well as private, non-statutory and voluntary organisations throughout the UK, Eden Brown Synergy has a long track record of placing qualified social workers and care professionals into a range of locum and permanent roles.

Their national network of highly specialist social care consultants have developed a network of candidates and clients across the country resulting in a partnership with over 180 Local Authorities, organisations such as CAFCASS and Action for Children , as well as a large range of private fostering agencies, hospitals and care providers.

Whether you are a social care professional looking for your next role or an employer looking to secure the best talent, you will find Eden Brown Synergy to be a trusted partner not just today – but for the long term.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1845″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]


At Eden Brown Synergy, we never forget that you are an individual – and as a professional with as demanding and challenging a career as social care – they know that the right fit is vital.


Eden Brown Synergy has a long track record of recruiting within the social care sector and has worked in active partnership with a large number of Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, charities and non-statutory government bodies.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”See Eden Brown Synergy Latest Jobs” color=”warning” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_cta h2=”What we do” txt_align=”center”]

One Stop Social is the fastest growing specialist social work and care professionals hub in the UK.

It’s the place to search, find and refer to the latest training, events, resources and jobs.

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Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Collaboration


As One Stop Social are driven by our commitment to the highest quality of support and development for social work and care professionals across the UK, we know we do things a little bit differently. Our ‘customers’, social media followers and everyone invested in our success are an extended One Stop Social community. And, like any good community, we like to celebrate good news with you when it comes our way. Our recent collaboration is most definitely good news.

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA)! Don’t know what GMSWA are? That’s what we’re setting about to fix! We’ll be showcasing their Teaching Partnership and helping promote the positive change within the sector.

The GMSWA is a grouping of 3 Higher Education Institutions (Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University) and 10 Local Authorities (Salford, Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton, Bury, Tameside, Stockport, Wigan and Trafford) and some private and voluntary sector representatives (PVI’s).

The Academy hopes to offer an integrated, co-ordinated and high-quality response to Social Work training, practice and continuous professional development across Greater Manchester. Our collaboration will be to raise their profile to social work practitioners across the region and nationally, so that more people in the sector know how the GMSWA can facilitate professional development and the fantastic work they’re currently undertaking.

We know this collaboration will help us stay true to our goal of putting you, the social work and care professionals, first – keep an eye out for more news soon!

Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!

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Are you a final year social work student based in either Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan and Manchester University? Then make sure to register for the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy Careers Fair on 27th April! It’s free to attend and is a chance to network with NQSWs and get some interview advice!


Social Personnel – Recruiting with a difference


Social Personnel first opened its doors in 2014 with the aim of delivering high-quality recruitment solutions to our clients, and in doing so, ensuring also we find our candidates the right role for them.

Since our inception, we have gone from strength to strength and become one of the fastest growing recruitment agencies in the UK, supplying specialist social care staff at all levels across the UK.

Social Personnel offer a variety of recruitment solutions for our clients:

  • Temporary/Interim Recruitment Temporary/Interim Recruitment

  • Qualified and Unqualified Social Work Recruitment (Locum)

  • Permanent Recruitment – Including Fixed-Term Contract

  • Pilot and Improvement Teams – OFSTED Readiness and Backlog/Case Management

  • Quality Assurance/Improvement Reviews

We believe we are different because of the emphasis we put on our level of service for all. We have two guiding principles that we ensure are put into practice every day. The first is the right person for the right job. We aim to match candidates to jobs not only in skills and expertise, but also into a team that is an all-round fit. We have built excellent relationships with our clients, and that gives us a great understanding of the environment they work in, so we know that you’ll fit right in.

Our second is the start of your job is the start of our relationship. To ensure that this is always the case, we have dedicated Customer Relations Team, purely for candidate’s use to make sure their experience is nothing but excellent.

Current vacancies

Principal Manager – Conference and Review – West Sussex

Qualified Social Worker – Referral and Assessment – South London

Advanced Practitioner – Permanence – North London

Social Work – Various Permanent Positions – South London

Social Work – Various Permanent Positions – North London

Social Work – Various Permanent Positions – East London

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Social Care News in Brief: Local Authorities to receive £150m for social care

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Monday it was announced that local authorities will receive an extra £150m to help fund social care services. Whilst this has been welcomed, councils have warned that this is a very temporary measure and one that will not address the overall wider pressures.

It comes as Northamptonshire County Council became the first local authority in nearly 20 years to ban all but essential new spending and at least 10 councils are preparing to impose emergency spending controls.

Overall, there are growing concerns across England and Wales that the current lack of funding and support for social care services is contributing to poor working conditions for care professionals. This is having a negative impact on the recruitment, retention and development of staff. There appears to be little reward or support for those that wish to join the caring sector as professionals are struggling to meet the demands of the service as funding levels are simply not commensurate to need.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”What we do”]

One Stop Social is the fastest growing specialist social work and care professionals hub in the UK.

It’s the place to search, find and refer to the latest training, events, resources and jobs.

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Daughter of injured care resident calls for better social care funding


The daughter of a woman who suffered an injury at a nursing home has called for better funding of the care system.

Edna Slann, 89, suffered head and facial injuries in a fall and bed sores at Grantley Court, in Sutton, south London, in 2014 and died the next year.

Its owner, Soondressen Cooppen, was struck off the nursing register last month for “widespread failings”.

But, Ms Slann’s daughter Linda Cackett said: “Ultimately the blame has to lie with social services and its funding.”

“The care home my mum went to refused in the end to take social services people because it could not afford to look after them and give them the level of care they needed with the money that social services gave them,” she said.

Her mother needed 10 stitches to a head wound after the nursing home told her she had fallen out of a chair.

Ms Cackett said she suspected she had fallen while she was being moved around in her wheelchair.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1861″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The Care Quality Commission ordered Merok Park’s immediate closure in 2014 after inspectors found it was dirty and unsafe with an “overpowering” smell of urine.

Last month at a hearing in London in his absence, the Nursing and Midwifery Council banned Mr Cooppen from nursing. The panel said there were “numerous and widespread failings” which demonstrated a “serious departure from the professional standards expected of a registered nurse” in his position. It said his “reckless and negligent” actions had put a number of vulnerable residents at risk of harm.

Ms Cackett said: “It shouldn’t have taken three years for it to happen,” and called for more owners of failing care homes to be held accountable. However, she added: “It is very easy to blame just him… but ultimately the blame has to lie with social services and their funding.”

Source: BBC


Social work is a privilege

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tonight (Wednesday) I watched the fourth and final episode of the TV drama series ‘Kiri’ on Channel 4. Whilst the series tried to portray some of the demands placed on social workers and broached transracial adoption; overall, I have to admit that I was left somewhat dissatisfied.

However, for a very brief moment I witnessed a TV drama series capture the true essence of how I believe social work is a privilege.

It came about during the ‘Care Leavers’ group intervention. We were introduced to Paul, Maggie and Richard; three people who had received support from Miriam in the past. All three, in their own unique way, spoke of the positive influences and the impact they had all experienced as a result of Miriam’s selfless interventions as a social worker.

This I thought was great. For that brief moment, I felt that a TV drama series had got it right! That’s because it offered an insight into the ‘real’ and mostly unrecognised work social workers do every single day. For me it highlighted how social workers, as facilitators of change, embody difference and promote equality as a shared journey. We saw how it promoted positive values and how being person-centred should always be and remain at the centre of what we do.

Now I appreciate I am possibly clutching at straws here; as most will know, I was very critical of the first episode and the panel hearing during the last was very misleading. But, in that brief moment, I believe it portrayed beautifully the truth about what we do and highlighted why most join the profession.

What is also great to hear is the fact that support for the social work profession appears to be growing. Recently, we reported how councils have started to celebrating social workers so as to highlight the fantastic and outstanding achievements they do. In addition, we have also seen how councils are thinking of new ways to support and improve the confidence and skills of social workers.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”What we do” txt_align=”center”]

One Stop Social is the fastest growing specialist social work and care professionals hub in the UK.

It’s the place to search, find and refer to the latest training, events, resources and jobs.


Social Care Jobs Fair ‘Recruiting The Right Staff’ Huge Success

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last Wednesday we held our very first One Stop Social ‘Recruiting the Right Staff’ Social Care Jobs fair at Preston Job Centre Plus, and what a busy morning it was! 

In addition to the 94 jobseekers that were booked on for the morning session, we had an number of interested people arrive so as to find out about the available job opportunities in the Social Care Sector. Overall, the session gave both employers and potential candidates the opportunity to ask questions and discover more about each other, with a number of attendees completing application forms and mini interviews on the day. This, Care Providers found, was an excellent way to promote what they do whilst also speeding up the recruitment process for quality workers.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1795″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]All of the Care Providers in attendance confirmed that they had met a vast number of suitably qualified and experienced candidates. Most of whom were going to be invited for formal interviewing.

Following on from the success of this Social Care Jobs Fair, we are glad to announce that we have already began organising and contacting Care Providers to join us at our next event.  Our Social Care Jobs Fair is exclusive to those services that have joined our Network Partnership. So, if you wish to join one of our upcoming events, or would like to find out more you can contact us by following the link below.[/vc_column_text][vc_cta h2=”Join our Networking Partnership” txt_align=”center”]Find out more about our exclusive Networking Partnership; We have lots of benefits from discounts on training and job ads. Plus lots more![/vc_cta][vc_btn title=”CONTACT US” color=”warning” size=”lg” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][/vc_column][/vc_row]