Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. The total number of Children’s Social Workers employed permanently by the Council as of the 29th April 2019?
2. A breakdown by Nationality of the Children’s Social Workers employed permanently i.e. United Kingdom 100, Australian 36 etc.?
3. The total number of Children’s Social Workers currently employed permanently for which the local authority have sponsored their visa (certificate of sponsorship) to work for the local authority?
In response to question 2 and 3, we can confirm Devon County Council employs a total of 226 British social workers.
The individual totals for every other nationality are very low, including the information relating to question 3, and to disclose this information would risk revealing special category personal information about employees of Devon County Council, contrary to the first data protection principle. This information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to s. 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000