Rise in caseloads for children’s social workers

The average number of cases children’s social workers deal with at any one time has risen to nearly 18, government statistics suggest. Annual workforce statistics produced by the Department for Education show that the average caseload for social workers in England, as of 30 September 2017, has risen to 17.8, up from 16.1 the year before – an increase of 1.7 cases, although the DfE has said that the data should be “viewed with caution”. Read more.