A fascinating insight into the views of social workers on key issues in social care from Professor Eileen Munro was published last week.
It’s a short and accessible report that’s easy to read in full; here are a couple of points that stood out to me:
- 72% of social work practitioners agreed that performance targets took priority over time with service users. This tension created personal stress in the same proportion of practitioners.
- Some 64% of social work practitioners recognise that cuts to managerial posts affected their ability to do their job; at the same time, 63% of practitioners felt senior managers don’t understand the realities of frontline social work. There is a disjuncture between these two findings, which suggests to me the need for relationship building within social work organisations
- 66% of practitioners felt their caseloads had ‘slightly’ or ‘significantly’ increased in the last 12 months. That means a third felt caseloads hadn’t increased, as well.
This is not the sort of environment in which good social work can readily take place.
(Thanks Louise D for the original link.)