Children's social work workforce during year ending 30 September 2014: statistical first release

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department for Education
Publisher
Department for Education
Date of publication
25 February 2015
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This experimental Statistical First Release (SFR) provides national and local level information on the Children’s Social Work Workforce in English local authorities in the year ending 30 September 2014. Key statistics include:

  • 26,810: The number of children’s social workers reported to be employed in English local authorities at 30 September 2014. This is equivalent to 24,620 full-time equivalents (FTEs).
  • 16: The number of children in need per FTE children’s social worker.
  • 4,320: The number of FTE vacancies reported at 30 September 2014. Local authorities estimate they need 4,570 social workers to fill these posts. The FTE vacancy rate reported at 30 September 2014 was 15%.
  • 4,430: The number of agency social workers employed by local authorities at 30 September 2014. This is equivalent to 4,310 FTEs.
  • 4,630: The number of children’s social workers that were reported to have commenced employment during the year ending 30 September 2014. This is equivalent to 4,420 FTEs.
  • 4,400: The number of children’s social workers that were reported to have left their local authority during the year ending 30 September 2014. This is equivalent to 4,060 FTEs. The FTE turnover rate reported during the year ending 30 September 2014 was 17%.

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