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Child social worker vacancy 'crisis'.

Child social worker vacancy 'crisis'.

Not enough is being done to recruit children's social workers in England, it has been claimed, as it emerged one in six jobs remain vacant.

There were 29,474 full time equivalent social workers in September 2018, plus 5,812 vacancies - a total of 16.5%

The government figure compares to 17% in 2017 - although 1,000 extra workers were recruited last year.

In some areas, local authorities have turned to recruitment or retention payments to keep or attract staff.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Bradford council agreed to offer £2,400 payments last summer amid fears staff would move to neighbouring authorities offering higher salaries.

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