Decision details

Recruiting and retaining social workers in Children's Services - Proposals to pay recruitment and stability allowances

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To secure the recruitment and retention of key front-line social workers in Children's Services. Full details of the business case are detailed below.

Decision:

 

 In accordance with delegated powers under s31 of the Council’s pay policy this report outlines details of a package of allowances to enable the recruitment and retention of children’s social workers and meet the business needs of the service. The details of the proposed allowances are as follows:

                1. Welcome payment: To continue with a one-off welcome payment for external candidates who commence employment with the Council in the following posts: • Newly Qualified Social Worker

                • Social Worker

                • Senior Social Worker

                • Advanced Practitioner

                • Team Manager

                • Child Protection Chair

                • Independent Reviewing Officer

                • Locality Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Teams

                • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

                • Permanence 0 -11 Service

                • Permanence 11 - 25 Service

                • Disabled Children and Young People’s Service

                • TACS

                • Emergency Duty Team

                • Child Exploitation Team

                • Child Protection and Reviewing Service

                • Fostering

                • Early Help/Community Social Worker

                 

 

For candidates joining the following teams:

                2. Stability allowance: To provide stability allowance payments of • Locality Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Teams

                • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

                • Permanence 0 -11 Service

                • Permanence 11 - 25 Service

                • Disabled Children and Young People Service

                • TACS

                • Emergency Duty Team

                • Child Exploitation Team

                • Child Protection and Reviewing Service

                 

 

£2,000 (pro rata for part time staff) for qualified social workers who have worked in an eligible role for 12 months, up to and including Service Managers. Stability allowance payments will apply to the following teams:

 

 

 

                Locality Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Teams

                • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

                • Permanence 0 -11 Service

                • Permanence 11 - 25 Service

                • Disabled Children and Young People Service

                • TACS

                • Emergency Duty Team

                • Child Exploitation Team

                • Child Protection and Reviewing Service

 

              Fostering

               Early Help/Community Social Worker

 

3. Relocation package: To continue with a relocation package of up to

£8,000 for qualified social workers (up to and including Team Manager) within children’s services, providing the employee meets the eligible criteria (policy last reviewed February 2022).

All these arrangements are agreed on a temporary basis and will be reviewed by 1 April 2023 and may be reviewed sooner as part of the children’s services remodelling.

 

 

Publication date: 09/05/2022

Date of decision: 11/04/2022

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