0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

high caseloads raise child protection fears

8 November 2011

Two local authorities have recently reported concerns about the high caseloads social workers have to manage. Cardiff City Council have received a 36 – 38% increase in referrals whilst Kent said that its social workers managed caseloads of more than 40 cases, and sometimes up to 60 or 70.

Although measures have been taken by both local authorities to relieve the pressures, social workers are concerned that the quality of care provided to vulnerable children will be reduced, and that something could go seriously wrong. These authorities do not find themselves in a unique position. The challenge for all authorities is to balance the necessary savings they need to make with the needs of some of the most vulnerable in society.

However, forced savings today could represent a false economy tomorrow. If those children in care now consider that the service provided to them by their social worker is inadequate future negligence claims could result, costing authorities and insurers six-figure sums to manage.

related opinions

Sports associations and clubs – keeping children safe from sexual abuse – Lessons learned from the Sheldon report

On 17 March 2020 a report by Clive Sheldon QC was published. He had been appointed by the FA back in December 2016 to carry out an independent review into allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and scouts working in youth football between 1970 and 2005.

View blog

The Debt Respite Scheme and its implications for creditors

The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 is due to come into force on 4 May 2021. It’s a snappy title but what exactly is it?

View blog

Consultation launched on the future of subsidy control law

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has just launched its consultation on the future of subsidy control law (previously known as state aid) in the UK.

View blog

New Year, new-ish state aid rules

From 1 January 2021 the state aid principles set out in the Trade and Co-Operation Agreement are incorporated into law by the EU (Future Relationship) Act 2020.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up