Social workers recommend ending unpaid overtime

The child protection system is "beyond breaking point" and social workers are facing increasing pressure, according to a report by the British Association of Social Workers.

The report for a group of MPs makes the following recommendations:

  • An end to unpaid overtime
  • Separation of social worker's electronic records and data collection
  • Exploration of improved caseload management strategies
  • A restoration of local authority car allowances
  • Ending the "hot desking" culture
  • Protection of role for social workers
  • Exploration of how to record social worker's input and achievements
  • Consideration should be given to proper recognition of restrictive working conditions
  • Guidance to encourage social work involvement in NHS patient management
  • The employer health check should be reviewed and more rigorous
  • Government should liaise with the Association of Chief Police Officers on taking action against those behind websites inciting hatred towards social workers

Read: Report 'offers insight into pressures faced by social workers'

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Child protection 'is at breaking point'

The child protection system is "beyond breaking point" and social workers are facing increasing pressures, a report for MPs by the British Association of Social Workers said.