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

Internal Market Bill published today – the start of the controversy?

The Internal Market Bill is published today, but amid much controversy.

View blog

Important opportunity to comment on case law precedent

The UK government is considering extending this power to depart from retained EU case law to additional lower courts and tribunals, namely the Court of Appeal in England and Wales and the High Court of Justice in England and Wales and their equivalents.

View blog

COVID-19 child protection practice - four months in - lessons learned so far

In June 2020 the University of Birmingham published a research briefing exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child protection practice.

View blog

“Caution” is now the watchword when it comes to directly awarding public sectors contracts

The judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the £108m contract the Department awarded for PPE in April are about to shine a light on Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up