Council brings in extra social workers to address problems

James Joyce, cabinet member for safeguarding children at Norfolk County Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major campaign to recruit at least 50 new and experienced children's social workers for Norfolk has been launched.

The county council has invested £5m in front-line social work which it hopes to use to make caseloads more manageable and help more families stay together.

It follows highly-critical reports by Ofsted inspectors and a warning from children's minister Edward Timpson that the government will step in if the authority does not make "rapid and sustainable improvement" to children's services.

The county council has already recruited more than 20 agency social workers on six-month contracts while it looks to bring in permanent staff.

James Joyce, cabinet member for safeguarding children, said: “The safety of Norfolk’s children is our foremost priority and we must get it right.

"That is why we want social workers to have the time they need to work with families and support them to look after their children because there is absolutely no question that children should be with their families, whenever that is possible."