Overseas recruitment of social workers
Children's social workers are currently on the UK Border Agency's occupational shortage list and some authorities have been actively recruiting overseas to attract experienced social workers particularly for frontline safeguarding teams.
However, the Home Office and the Migration Advisory Committee have undertaken extensive consultation on the proposed capping of migration for the UK and the impact this would have for employers and services. Social Work and care was a specific area of focus and a variety of organisations responded to the consultation including Skills for Care and Development, Association of Directors of Children's Services and the Local Government Association.
ADCS consultation response on the ADCS website
11 June 2012