Given the ageing population, it has been estimated that by 2020 we will need a 25 per cent increase in the number of people working with older people in social care.
The workforce challenges are huge. The director of adult social services should have a key role in workforce planning, working alongside the director of children's services.
Workforce planning should be included as part of joint strategic needs assessments.
This report presents the findings of a study commissioned by the LGA (previously the IDeA) to explore outsourcing within adult social care. It examines how this has affected the workforce and the lessons for the rest of local government.
Social work: a resurgent profession (June 2007)
A recent meeting of three international bodies that promote social work and social welfare concluded that the profession remains vitally important for modern society. This article was written by the Andrew Cozens from LGA.
Options for excellence: building the social care workforce of the future (October 2006)
Access this review of the social care workforce. It identifies priority areas for action, for both the short and long terms.
Social care code of practice for international recruitment
This guidance was developed by LGA (previously the IDeA) in partnership with organisations including the LGA, DH, SCIE and Skills for Care. It provides guidance for employers about arrangements for recruitment, induction and training, and support for those joining the social care workforce from overseas.
Code of practice for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals, 2004
The Department of Health's revised code of practice.
GSCC consultation on the definition of the role of a social worker
The General Social Care Council is leading a project that will describe the roles and tasks of social work. This will define a profession with service users at its heart, capable of meeting 21st century challenges.
24 August 2012