Agency social workers
Regional collaboration on qualified social workers
In recent years, a challenging recruitment market and negative press coverage has led to a national shortage of experienced social workers. In response to this, councils are coming together in their regions to sign up to agreements on how they will support each other to address these supply and demand issues.
It is hoped that these collaborative arrangements will help councils to deal with the continued challenge to:
- recruit and retain experienced workers
- look at where our future workforce is coming from.
Some regions have also agreed a set of maximum pay rates for agency social workers and arrangements to standardise references to improve quality. View the various different agreements.
Regional contact information
If you would like more information about these projects, please contact the regional leads below:
- East of England – Joanna Ruffle JoannaRuffle@southend.gov.uk
- London – Nick Hollier Nick.Hollier@bexley.gov.uk
- East Midlands – Angela Probert Angela.Probert@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
- West Midlands – Polly Reed PReed@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk
- South West – Cilla Wilson Cilla.Wilson@torbay.gov.uk
- South East – Mark Evans firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorandum of Understanding
We recommend that councils sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), such as the one between London Boroughs:
Useful tools and publications
There are also various tools and publications that can help councils:
- a workforce planning tool (xcel)
- how to recruit and retain social workers (PDF)
- social work: a toolkit for social workers and employers (PDF)
- East of England Regional Partnership on Qualified Social Workers: standardised pay rates for agency social workers (PDF)
- National MOC agreements (PDF)
Flexible working is one of the many ways of engaging social workers. Helpful information can be found at:
1 February 2017