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ABUSE REPORT PROVOKES RECRUITMENT FEARS

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The lack of social workers to carry out the Quality Protects initiative is a 'screaming operational problem' which ...
The lack of social workers to carry out the Quality Protects initiative is a 'screaming operational problem' which could bring the policy crashing down.

Quality Protects is intended to improve child protection services. But Ian White, chair of the Association of Directors of Social Services workforce group, said: 'Vacancies for qualified social workers are running at an all-time high.'

He called for the government to promote social work as a valuable profession in the same way as nursing and teaching.

ADSS president Jo Williams warned that the Waterhouse report might make staffing shortages even worse: 'The danger now is that increasingly we can't support [social workers] properly and the good people will say, 'do we want to be associated with Waterhouse?''
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