Adoption Support Fund Triggered ‘Rapid’ Rise In Social Work Referrals
The report by researchers from The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, published today, concluded that the fund had overall triggered the growth and the upskilling of adoption teams, but raised concerns from social workers who felt their roles had changed since the fund was introduced in 2015.
“Some local authority case studies revealed that the role of the social worker was being compromised by the workload that [Adoption Support Fund] applications were creating. This stemmed from the increase in administrative tasks such as carrying out assessments of need and completing [Adoption Support Fund] applications,” the report said.
“Social workers who had some therapeutic training expressed the concern that the pressure on capacity meant they were missing the opportunity to be upskilled in order to deliver the…
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