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RPU 206 May 2018

The research articles this month explore recruitment and retention in children’s social care.

Social work and social care staff shortages and high staff turnover have been challenging children’s services in England for the last decade. Recent Social Work Workforce Statistics in England published by the Department for Education (for year ending 30 September 2017) show that 34% (FTE) of children and family social workers had been in service at their current local authority for less than 2 years.

Research shows that social workers’ experiences of support during their newly qualified year has strong effects on their professional confidence and wellbeing. Kinman and Grant highlight that the provision of evidence-informed initiatives to protect the wellbeing of early career social workers may lead to improvements in resilience-building and wellbeing. Relatedly, the paper by Hussein et al. highlights factors that are strongly associated with Newly Qualified Social Workers being less likely to leave their jobs. There is also a need for development training for more experienced social workers and team managers to increase social work retention in local authorities explored in the article by Searle and Patent. The final article by Hanna and Lyons identifies a specific set of challenges that need to be considered when considering international recruitment of social workers.

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