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New report shows social workers in our region aren't happy with their working conditions

It's been released today.

A third of social workers in the East Midlands are considering quitting the profession.

That's according to a new report from the Social Workers Union.

New figures from the study show fifty per cent of those in the sector have been provided with inadequate PPE throughout the pandemic.

The same proportion of workers say their job has affected their mental health during the fight against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, 56 per cent feel they've put their own health at risk as a result of working throughout the lock down.

“The situation is dire and the social work system is on the precipice of collapse.

“Our members are considering leaving the profession en masse if their concerns aren’t addressed. We have long argued that working conditions for social workers need to be drastically improved and sadly COVID-19 has acerbated the problems.

“Social workers have put their health on the line safeguarding the public, but little has been done to safeguard them.”

Carol Reid, National Organiser for the Union added:

“Some of the stories we’ve heard from our Members are truly shocking and very concerning. We want urgent action now from the Government and employers to provide better working conditions for social workers.

“It’s clear from our research that the social work system is not ready for the avalanche of social work referrals which our members expect to happen as lockdown eases.

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary from the General Federation of Trade Unions, which represents specialist trade unions, commented:

“The study from the Social Workers Union tells a tragic tale which government and employers such as local authorities must listen to.

“As we move onto the recovery phase of the pandemic, protecting and improving the working conditions of key workers across the country is vital work being undertaken by trade unions across all sectors.”

 

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