Recruiting, Retaining & Developing Children's Social Workers

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Nick Jarman, Director of Children’s Services, Dorset County Council
  • Mary Jackson, Leadership Development Director, Frontline
  • Gladys Rhodes White OBE, Interim Executive Director Children's Services, Buckinghamshire County Council
  • James Rook, Managing Director, Sanctuary Personnel
  • David Quirke-Thornton, Strategic Director for Children & Adults, London Borough of Southwark
  • Rashida Baig, Principal social worker, West Berkshire Council
  • Chris Barnham, Policy and Strategy Consultant (event chair)
  • Further Speakers TBC


With local authority budgets under pressure, services such as children’s social workers are becoming harder to maintain. Skilled workers are leaving for better job opportunities. Stability in the workforce recognised as contributing to improved services and better outcomes for children, as such, councils must develop strong, permanent workforces capable of delivering the best results for children.

Attend this Westminster Briefing to explore how you can secure the key skills your social workers need to ensure quality services for children who need it. Learn from your peers what strategies are being developed to recruit and retain high quality social workers and hear how you can implement your own schemes to maintain a high-end service in your area.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Finding, selecting and appealing to the right candidates
  • Improving efficiency in services and organisational structure and how this drives recruitment strategies
  • Agency workers: the cost and benefits
  • Identifying the root cause of low retention levels of social workers
  • Changing working culture and attitudes
  • Improving caseload and work-life balance to reduce stress and burnout
  • Encouraging leadership to take part in a whole-council approach
  • Providing excellent training and development through partnerships with outside organisations
  • Assuring quality of practice
  • Introducing new approaches to support and professionally develop staff
  • Improving management and reducing hierarchy

The event:

The morning session will focus on the recruitment of new social workers as well as the retention of current ones, it will explore what strategies are being used and their effectiveness.

The afternoon session will allow delegates to discuss the professional development of children’s social workers, what can be done to enhance their training and skill level and what is being done to ensure those skills are not lost.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from, but not excluded to: Directors of Children’s Services; Principal Social workers; Team Managers; Social workers on the ground; Human Resources and anyone with an interest in improving the retention of a skilled workforce and the delivery of care for children.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 19th April 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each
Charity Sector 
| 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each
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