Social Worker Numbers, Budgets and Training

1.“How many adult social workers are at your Council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

155 adult social workers and 24 adult agency workers (179 total).

2. How many children social workers are at your Council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

265 children’s social workers and 64 children’s agency workers (329 total).

3. How many transition team social workers are at your Council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?  

The Council has had 9 Transition Social Workers in children’s social care between January 2018 and December 2019.  All Children’s transition social workers are employed.

The Council does not operate a scheme for adult transition social workers.

4. What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?

There is no specific training budget allocated to adult social workers. The overall adults training budget is £657,000, but this covers all adult social care training and is not restricted to social workers.

5. What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers? £251,000

6. What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?

In Devon’s children’s social care, transition social workers are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered social workers who have been working in a different field of social work or may have had some time away from social work but have retained their HCPC registration. The Transition Programme lasts for 6 months and offers additional support, mentoring and reduced caseload building to a full caseload over the period of 6 months. No specific budget is allocated to the training of transition social workers.

The Council does not operate a scheme for adult transition social workers.

7. Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?

No.  We do not, therefore, hold this information.

8. What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?

How many sessions of each course did you commission?

What was the price per course?

Who delivered each course?

What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

List of training sessions available to Adult Social Workers 1st Oct 2017 – 31st Dec 2018
Course NameTotal No of sessionsCostTrainer

Adult Care Management

Induction

3-day course

 

15£600 per daySpectrum Management (face to face)

PPAc

1-day course

45£600 per day

Spectrum Management

(face to face)

Good Practice for Social Workers

1-day course

4£600 per daySpectrum Management (face to face)

CHC

1-day course

8£600 per day

Morag Duff

(face to face)

Solution Focused

2-day course

18£1100 per dayZebra Collective (face to face)

Mental Capacity and DOLs

Level 3

1-day course

9£600 per daySpectrum management (face to face)

Making Safeguarding Personal

Level 3

1– day course

9£600 per day

Spectrum Management

(face to face)

RAS

1-day course

3£600 per day

Spectrum Management

(face to face)

9. What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?

a)How many sessions of each course did you commission?

b)What was the price per course?

c)Who delivered each course?

d)What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

Please see below for details of training courses provided in 2017/18 for children’s social workers:-

Communicating with Children:

a) 3 sessions

b) £985

c) Polly Baynes

d) Face to face

Mental Capacity Act and DoLs

a) 2 sessions

b) £975

c) Andy Martin (Dialogue Consultants)

d) Face to face + post course case study activities

Achieving Best Evidence

a) We purchased 10 places

b) This is price per place – £300

c) Devon and Cornwall Constabulary

d) Face to Face

AIM2 Assessment

a) 1 session

b) £1700

c) AIM Project

d) Face to face

AIM2 Intervention

a) 1 session

b) £1700

c) AIM project

d) Face to Face

AIM2 supervisors and managers

a) 1 session

b) £270 per place

c) AIM project

d) Face to face

Autism training

a) 1 session

b) £50 per place

c) Babcock

d) Face to face

 Research in Practice (RiP)

We also have a membership to Research in Practice (RiP).  We pay £13,207 for this.  It includes access to regional and national training events, online webinars and learning resources.

10. What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?

 How many sessions of each course did you commission?

What was the price per course?

Who delivered each course?

What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)”

No training aimed specifically at transition social workers took place in children’s services in 2017/18. The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) development programme is available to transition social workers as are all other internal and external training courses.

In addition, Mentoring is provided by a Social Work Development Officer for the first six months of employment.