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This is the result of Tory cuts.

Underfunded councils prove unable to attract qualified full-time social workers but have a statutory duty to provide the service, so they have to hire agency staff instead.

This costs more, so council then have to cut the number of staff they employ, meaning those who remain are faced with a larger workload.

They won’t be able to cope.

Result: The collapse of the service and increased abuse of children.

Anyone who voted Conservative in 2017 wanted this.

The council department [in Coventry] which looks after the city’s most vulnerable youngsters needs to cut agency workers after spending more than £750,000 on them in the first quarter of the year, it has been warned.

Concerns about the case load of social workers and use of agency staff in the council’s children’s services department were first raised in 2014 when the council was slapped with an ‘inadequate’ rating – the worst possible – by Ofsted inspectors.

A council report … cited ‘a shortage of competent and experienced social workers regionally’ as the reason for the use of agency social workers.

Source: Council must slash £750,000 children’s service’s agency bill – CoventryLive

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