Social worker shortages will affect vital services for vulnerable groups, warns REC
The REC is urging the Government to take a more flexible approach to immigration. This follows reports that the interim immigration cap is leading to qualified social worker shortages and affecting service provision to the most vulnerable users.
In its recent responses to the consultations by the Migration Advisory Committee and the UK Border Agency, the REC highlighted the implications that a cap on immigration will have on front line services and the ability of the UK economy to access the right talent.
Commenting on the issue, Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of External Relations said:
“The Government was aware of the national shortage of qualified social workers which were identified in last year’s Lord Laming’s review. Following the recession, social care faces an unprecedented challenge with resources in an all-time low. The imperative now is to make sure that every member in our local communities, especially those in need, receives the services they deserve.
“On the ground, we are seeing the detrimental effect that the interim cap has on the already hard pressed local authorities and their ability to fulfil their social care responsibilities to protect vulnerable individuals and their families.
“Government policies may increase the supply of highly skilled social workers in the long term, but in the short term, we need to be able to access the worldwide talent pool necessary to secure front line services and the UK economy’s recovery.”