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Social Work England; Social Work week webinar: Best Practice in International Social care recruitment

March 20 @ 14:00 - 16:00


Social Work England: Social Work week event March 2024

Both adults and children’s social care have faced significant workforce challenges in recent years and have increasingly looked to international recruitment as a means of addressing these.
In February 2022 care workers were added to the shortage occupation list to address recruitment and workforce pressures in social care. Although the focus of the fund was on care workers, the funding also supported other staff, including nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. Funding of up to £15 million was made available over 2023-2024
A number of local authority partnerships across England have collaborated to undertake international recruitment. This is also an area in which Kings College London has undertaken research

Aim: This webinar provides an opportunity to explore lessons learnt from international recruitment across health and social care. In particular it will enable participants to:

• Explore some of the ethical issues with regards to international recruitment
• Understand the evidence base for international recruitment
• Look at different approaches to international recruitment
• Identify what “good” looks like : the importance of getting it right
• To recognise what skills are transferable? What are the learning needs for overseas workers ?

Participants will hear from local authorities who have recruited from overseas. There will also be an opportunity for an Q and A with an expert and stakeholder panel

Jill Manthorpe CBE Professor Emeritus of Social Work, King’s College London

Kalpa Kharicha: Senior Research Fellow, NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, The Policy Institute  King’s College London

Dan Halls and Laurence Lennon ,Directors Frontier consulting

Carol Stewart: Director Chinara Enterprises Ltd

Loretta Rogers ; Assistant Director Adult Operations West Sussex County Council

An overseas worker who has been through a bespoke induction programme

Who can attend?
All qualified social workers , recruiting managers, Directors, Assistant Directors of social care, overseas social workers, and anyone who has an interest in international social care recruitment.

This event will be held online using MS teams. A link will be sent nearer the date of the event


March 20
14:00 - 16:00


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