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CHILDREN'S HOME STAFF SHORTAGES FUELLED BY SCANDALS

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The Guardian (p4) reports that official figures show that almost one in 10 children's homes has no manager and fewe...
The Guardian (p4) reports that official figures show that almost one in 10 children's homes has no manager and fewer than 30 per cent of staff have relevant qualifications.

Association of Directors of Social Services children and families committee chair Brian Waller, told the paper that it was 'quite disgraceful' that so little was being achieved to improve the calibre of staff in homes.

The figures were produced as part of the social services annual workforce survey.

Mr Waller added that social workers were no doubt deterred from seeking home manager and deputy posts by the negative publicity about the sector.

'For the last few weeks there hasn't been a day when there has not been some kind of problem in the papers. It's bound to have an impact on career aspirations,' he said.
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