Social care in England is undervalued, underfunded and at point of crisis

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A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has highlighted that the Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support the recruitment, retention and development of a sustainable social care workforce.
The report looked at Age UK analysis which estimated 12 million people over the age of 65 had some level of unmet care needs in 2016/17.
Whilst the demand for adult social care continues to grows, the report highlights that there is a growing national average vacancy rate and staff turnover rate. As such, staff shortages have become commonplace, which results in an increase in people with unmet needs.

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In England there are 1.34 million adult social care jobs. Half of which were paid £7.50 an hour last year (the national minimum wage). As such, the NAO said that care professionals feel undervalued and there is little opportunity for career progression.
Simon Bottery, senior fellow for social care at The King’s Fund, said the Government “can’t put it off any longer”, highlighting that the social care system is at the point of crisis with a with £2.5bn funding gap. He said: “Unless we resolve the long term problem, reform the whole system, and make it fairer and clearer for people to understand, this system will just lurch from crisis to crisis.”
The NAO has recommended a national workforce strategy be produced and investment made to enable providers to pay staff adequately and to offer career development and training opportunities.

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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”]

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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”]

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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=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fcontact-us%2F||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Social Work & Care Jobs E-News | Employer Spotlight | Candidate Account

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Employer Spotlight

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1515″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Social Link Recruitment is a forward thinking, dynamic social care recruitment agency making a difference. They link quality candidates to clients, by building strong and professional relationships with their core focus being that of the end user – people in need.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”See their latest social work and care job vacancies…” color=”warning” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.onestopsocial.co.uk%2Fcategory%2Flatest-news%2F||target:%20_blank|rel:nofollow”][vc_column_text]Don’t forget to uploaded your CV with One Stop Social! It’s free and takes less than five minutes today. To do this, simply sign in/register.

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Featured Jobs

Social Worker | Family Support – Bedford

Senior Practitioner – Adults Team – Birmingham

Qualified Social Worker – EAB Team – Birmingham

Qualified Social Worker – Learning Disabilities – Birmingham

Qualified Social Worker | Child Protection – Cardiff

Social Worker Assessment – Cornwall

Social Worker Adults Hospital – Cornwall

Qualified Social Worker | Safeguarding Adults – Derby

Adults Social Worker – Doncaster

Referral & Assessment Social Worker – Hounslow

Hospital Social Worker – Lincoln

Adults Community Social Worker – London

Childrens Social Worker – London

Qualified Social Worker – Nottingham

Social Worker – Adults & Older – Preston

Social Worker – Hospital – Ormskirk

Adult Social Worker – Various Teams – Yorkshire

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Employer Spotlight: Social Link Recruitment – Social Work & Care

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Social Link Recruitment is a forward thinking, dynamic social care recruitment agency making a difference. We link quality candidates to clients, by building strong and professional relationships with our core focus being that of the end user – people in need.

With this focus being at the heart of our principles, we aim to deliver high standards of care to the end user, placing in both Adult and Children Services at all levels. We have a winning formula and business model to ensure we meet the needs of our clients, candidates and end-users. We build and foster strong, professional relationships with our candidates and key decision makers through transparency, best job match and an unwavering attention to detail.  With this in mind, we aim to ensure the following:

Satisfied Employers

Through transparency, ethical practices to the highest standards and unrivalled industry experience, our dedicated team will ensure that the right candidate is placed with the right client, reducing the level of continuous staff turnover to provide the best service to the end-user – people in need.  In a dynamic and ever changing environment, our flexibility around hours of work affords candidates and clients alike the convenience to communicate with us at a time that suits them best.

Fulfilled Candidates

With our specialist and in-depth market knowledge, we are able to provide our candidates with rewarding opportunities in the contract, temporary, project-based and permanent markets.

Quality Care

We firmly believe that if those we build relationships with are infused with the same passion and concern for the protection and care of people in need as us, all parties will benefit.

No matter where you are in your social work career, Social Link Recruitment are here to help you. Whether it be a locum, permanent or project-based position that you are looking for, we are available to provide you with advice and guidance from the beginning of your job search with us, to the securing of your placement and support thereafter.

The positive recognition of our Company values, ethos and operational standards are further bolstered, by our affiliation with APSCo, the leading trade and staffing association body within the Recruitment industry.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1043″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Featured Jobs:

Qualified Social Worker | Child Protection | Cardiff

Qualified Social Worker | Safeguarding Adults | Derby

Qualified Social Worker | MASH | Northamptonshire

Social Link Recruitment recruits UK wide, at the following levels:

  • Newly Qualified Social Worker
  • Qualified Social Worker
  • Senior Practitioner
  • Practice Manager
  • Team Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Head of Service
  • Approved Mental Health Practitioners
  • Independent Reviewing Officer
  • Best Interest Assessor
  • Housing Officers
  • Housing Managers
  • Administrators

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For more information on Social Link Recruitment, or to contact one of their consultants to discuss suitable vacancies,

please see the following contact details below:

www.social-linkrecruitment.com

01268 269 000

enquiries@social-linkrecruitment.com

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One Stop Social – Who we are and what we do…

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One Stop Social is a specialist social work and care professionals hub based in the UK. It’s the place to search, find and refer to the latest social work and care professional jobs, resources, training and courses. We also have a news and blog section. 

What is unique about us?

We have built a very strong following because we’re run by social work and care professionals with more than 30 years’ frontline experience. Professionals visiting our website can search and book onto the latest training, events, refer to a specialist services or access resources.  Our practitioners have featured in social work books for best practice and completed guides and resources for our website. We are also contributors for the Huffington Post.  As such, we are a very trusted and niche website; passionate about providing a quality based services.

Search using our directories to over 2,000 listings from jobs, resources, training and courses.

It has been designed to make your life easier…  

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Search, find and apply to social worker job vacancies today

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]See this weeks featured social worker job vacancies. With over 50 employers using our CV Library and Jobs Board, search, find and apply today. Vacancies ranging from support workers, social workers, managers and head of service from across the UK.

Featured Jobs

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Childrens Social Worker – London

Children’s Social Worker – London

Adult Social Worker – Various Teams – Across UK

Adult Social Worker – Various Teams – Gloucester

Adult Social Worker – London

Children’s Social Worker – Norwich

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Qualified Social Worker | Child Protection  – Cardiff

Qualified Social Worker | Safeguarding Adults – Derby

Qualified Social Worker | MASH – Northamptonshire

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Qualified Social Worker – London

Qualified Social Worker – London

Qualified Social Worker – London

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Social Worker LAC Team – Totnes

Social Worker Adults LD – Ivybridge

Qualified Social Worker – Adults MASH Team – Birmingham

Social Worker Adults – East Devon

Supervising Social Worker – Leeds

Childrens Social Worker – Manchester

Adult Social Worker – Leicester

Team Manager REFERRAL AND ASSESSMENT TEAM – Bromley

 

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Social Work Jobs | Social Work & Care Professional Jobs E-news

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Firstly, we would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! We hope 2018 will be a positive and productive one for you all. 

We have a number of Social Work and Care Job Vacancies. We also have Account Managers who are on hand to help you land that perfect role. 

To access this free service, all you need to do is create a Candidate Account and upload your CV. It takes less than five minutes.

What’s more, we’re run by front-line practitioners, so we know which role is right for you. 

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Designed by frontline practitioners, we match your CV to specific jobs using specially designed algorithms.

Once your CV uploaded, you will have access to a free CV match facility. 

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Jobs Fair Event – 24th Jan 2018

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A business defining year for One Stop Social

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well, what a year! 2017 has been a business defining watershed year for One Stop Social. We have now built a very strong following. That’s because we’re run by social work and care professionals with more than 30 years’ frontline experience. Our engagement has been excellent as professionals visiting our website can book onto the latest training, events, refer to specialist services, access resources and find jobs…ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Our practitioners have featured in social work books for best practice and completed guides and resources for our website. We’ve become a very trusted and niche website and we’re passionate about providing a quality based service.

Some milestones:

In February, we uploaded our new and improved website, courtesy of a Start-Up Government loan.  In May we secured our first investor. This has been hugely successful, offering us support and business development; allowing us to focus on our priority, which is to continue to support and develop resources content for front-line professionals.

Since March, we organised and facilitated a number of training events, on behalf of our training partners. In all, we had over 600 attend six sessions. In November, we integrated our Jobs Board with Broadbean for multi-job postings. We have also secured integration with Logic Mellon. We now also have a CV Library, which allows candidates to upload their CV for free. We have over 50 employers accessing this currently.

Statistics:

Our website analytics have increased dramatically, growing website traffic by 988% in the last 12 months.  We now get up to 1000 unique visitors on our website each date. Averaging just under 3 pages and 2 minutes and 45 seconds per session. We also have 16,000 registered to our weekly E-Bulletins.

Social Media:

We are now admins/have created over 8 Facebook groups, specific to social work and social care. Totalling to over 15,000 followers. Our engagement and website resources have proved a huge hit from students to experienced practitioners. We did this by investing in the quality of content we share.

So, to the future… What will 2018 hold?

Whilst 2017 proved to be our watershed year, 2018 is already turning out to be another very busy one. To name but a few:

  • We have already secured work assisting a Local Authority to help their social work development.
  • We have co-ordinated mandatory training for a number of agencies, councils and front-line social work/care services throughout the year.
  • Working in partnership with national government to support and recruit social workers
  • Secured attendance to all major national social work and care events.
  • Daily growth of our jobs board and CV Library.
  • And a number of press releases…

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