Social Worker Pressure

Social workers are under increased pressure because of Omicron-related staff absences elsewhere in the social care sector as well as rising assessment workloads, sector bodies have warned.

Already “exhausted” practitioners are having to step in to carry out welfare checks on adults going without the care they need due to mounting staff shortages in residential and home care, said the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).


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In 2020/21, local authorities spent £7.8 billion on long-term support for older people, of which £4.8 billion was on nursing or residential care, £2.9 billion on community support, including home care

Each local authority has an amount which they will pay for a given care need. This might be an hourly rate for home care or a weekly fee for residential care. Not all care providers will accept this r