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S5W-23123: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to support local authorities to reduce turnover rates for social work staff dealing with children.

Answered by: Maree Todd 23 May 2019

Work in progress under Part 2 of the National Health & Social Care Workforce Plan, co-published with COSLA, aims to support workforce planning for health and social services and to help address current recruitment and retention issues in the sector.

The Scottish Government is delivering an overall funding package of £11.2 billion to local authorities in 2019-20 This is a real terms increase of over £310 million on the 2018-19 funding settlement, equivalent to 2.9%, enabling local authorities to deliver essential public services, including Children & Families Social Work services.

The turnover of Children & Families Social Work staff is a matter for individual local authorities to address.