Social Workers

Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 How many adult social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.
 
Q.3 How many transition team social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?
 
A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 
 
Q.4 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
 
A.4 £69,560
 
Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
 
A.5 £61,590
 
Q.6 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
 
A.6 N/A
 
Q.7 Was any of your training budget made up by grants? If so, how much?
 
A.7 No grants received 
 
Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.8b What was the price per course?
 
Q.8c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.8 Please see attached document
 
Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.9b What was the price per course?
 
Q.9c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.
 
Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?
 
Q.10b What was the price per course?
 
Q.10c Who delivered each course?
 
Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)
 
A.10 N/A


Details:

Reference Number: 5500
Request Date: 29/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

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

A.1 We do not have any agency staff in the adult social work workforce and we currently have 152 adult social workers (Northumbria Health Care Trust and Northumberland County Council employed)
    
Q.2 How many children social workers are at your council? What is the split between employed and agency staffed?

A.2  144 front line social workers (excluding IRO, deputy managers, team managers, senior managers). There are 4 agency social work staff employed in children's services as at 11/02/2019.

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

A.3 We do not have a specific transitions team. 

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

A.4 £69,560

Q.5 What was your training budget in 2017/2018 for children social workers?

A.5 £61,590

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

A.6 N/A

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

A.7 No grants received 

Q.8 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for adult social workers?
Q.8a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.8b What was the price per course?

Q.8c Who delivered each course?

Q.8d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.8 Please see attached document

Q.9 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for children social workers?
Q.9a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.9b What was the price per course?

Q.9c Who delivered each course?

Q.9d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.9 As above, costs shared between both budgets.

Q.10 What training courses did you commission in 2017/2018 for transition team social workers?
Q.10a How many sessions of each course did you commission?

Q.10b What was the price per course?

Q.10c Who delivered each course?

Q.10d What was the method of delivery (e.g. face or face, online etc.)

A.10 N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5659
Request Date: 25/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Since 1/1/2018 has the Council used an external organisation to provide Children’s Social Work project team(s) to complete a specific piece of time bound work?

Q.2      Can you confirm the number of Children’s Social Workers that were provided?

Q.3      The area they worked e.g. Children in need, Referral and Assessment, Duty etc.

Q.4      When did they start and finish? 

A.5      The name of the organisation(s) that provided the Children’s Social Workers?

Q.6      The total amount charged to the council for this service?

A.1 - A.6   We have not used an external organisation to provide a children's social work project team at all in Northumberland.



Details:

Reference Number: 5721
Request Date: 06/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

For the purposes of this request for information, the following definitions should be applied:
Social worker - Employee in a post requiring a professional qualification where that qualification is recorded as social worker OR employee in a non-qualified post who holds a professional qualification recorded as social worker Mental health provision - A service or role where service user eligibility is based upon mental health need

Q.1   How many social workers employed directly by the Local Authority work within mental health
Provision?
A.1. 11 people; 9.58 whole-time equivalents.  Please note that most social workers funded by Northumberland County Council are employed by the NHS, and are not included in these figures.

Q.2   Does the number above include the Approved Mental Health Professional workforce? If yes, how many social work Approved Mental Health Professionals are employed by the local authority?
A.2 It includes some of them, but others work in settings which do not meet your definition, such as our out of hours emergency duty team.  In total we have 15 active (authorised and approved) AMHPs. 8 of these are included in the figure above, and work wholly as AMHPs; the other 7 work in our out of hours team.

Q.3    Are the mental health social workers employed directly by the local authority (please indicate
all which apply):
☐ Based in local authority teams
☐ Based in NHS teams under direct local authority line management
☐ Based in NHS teams without direct local authority line management
A.3 Since you have not supplied a definition of an “NHS team”, we have answered this question in prose.  All the staff listed are managed within a structure within a partnership with an NHS FT. Management arrangements are closely intertwined, with some senior posts employed by the Council and others by the FT.  At the most senior level, the services are the responsibility of a postholder who has a joint role as Chief Executive of the Council and an Executive Director of the FT. Formally, her managerial responsibility for these posts is part of her role in the FT.

Q.4    What formal or informal arrangements does the local authority have with local NHS providers for the provision of mental health services (please describe)?
A.4 At the request of the NHS FT with responsibility for mental health services, the Section 75 partnership arrangement which was previously in place, which included integrated teams with a single line management structure, was dissolved from 2013, and social workers working in mental health services are now managed within and in most cases employed by an FT responsible for acute and community services.  Some elements of our former partnership with the mental health trust have remained in place, including an automated overnight exchange of records about services users for whom we have shared responsibility.

Q.5  Does the local authority commission any mental health social work provision from a third party
provider? If yes, which services are externally commissioned?
Date information compiled:
Contact details for final report:
A.5 Our arrangements are based on a Section 75 partnership rather than being provided as a commissioned service. Date information compiled:  Data based on establishment as at November 2018. Contact details for final report:  Stephen.corlett@northumbria.nhs.uk
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5752
Request Date: 11/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 The total number of FTE equivalent child and separately, adult, social worker posts for each year for the last ten years. 

A.1   Please see the attached document.

Q.2 The percentage vacancy rate for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers posts. 

A.2 We do not hold this information

Q.3    The percentage of agency staff for each quarter for each of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social worker posts.

A.3    Refused based on the time needed to get the data. Justification below:

In order to collate this information we would have to generate reports on a weekly basis. For the time period in question this would be 520 reports, which take approximately 5 minutes to prepare. This would therefore total over 43 hours of work to provide the information.

Q.4    The total number of staff for each of the last ten years that have been a) disciplined and b) dismissed for child and separately, adult, social workers posts qualified social care practitioners. 

A.4    Please see the attached document.

Please note the recording system for disciplinary issues was unavailable for large parts of 2014 and 2015. Under A) we have included those where there was a formal sanction under the Council's disciplinary policy. 

Q.5    The average caseload for a social worker for each quarter of the last ten years for child and separately, adult, social workers. 

A.5     We do not hold this data in a form which would permit the construction of a meaningful time series.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6060
Request Date: 13/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The total number of Children’s Social Workers employed permanently by the Council as of the 29th April 2019?

A.1     209 (Including Director, Head of Service, Team Managers, Deputy Team Managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, Youth Offending Case Managers)

Q.2     A breakdown by Nationality of the Children’s Social Workers employed permanently i.e. United Kingdom 100, Australian 36 etc?

A.2      British 209

Q.3      The total number of Children’s Social Workers currently employed permanently for which the local authority have sponsored their visa (certificate of sponsorship) to work for the local authority?

A.3     We do not currently employ any Children's Social Workers that require a VISA to work in the United Kingdom.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6154
Request Date: 30/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019

A.1   30 April 2018 – 30 April 2019 -  10

Q.2   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018

A.2   30 April 2017 – 30 April 2018 -  11

Q.3   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017

A.3   30 April 2016 – 30 April 2017 -  11

Q.4   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016

A.4   30 April 2015 – 30 April 2016 -  8

Q.5   How many social workers were referred to occupational health for stress-related reasons between 30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015

A.5   30 April 2014 – 30 April 2015 -  4
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6598
Request Date: 30/08/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1     As of 31st August 2019 how many social worker posts do you have in :

Children’s Social Care?

A.1 176 (social workers, advanced/senior practitioners, team managers and deputy team managers)

Adults Social Care?

A.1 24 (social workers, social worker AMHP, team managers)

Q.2     For Adults Social Care how many social worker posts are:

Core funded?

Funded by Better Care Fund?

A.2 We are unable to provide a response as BCF funding is allocated to support broad elements of Council activity, rather than to specific posts.

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.3     How many social worker posts were deleted between 1st April - 31st August 2019  in

Children’s Social Care ?

A.3 No Social Workers posts were deleted.

Adults Social Care?

A.3 1.6 posts were removed in setting the budget for 2019/20.  These had been vacant for more than six months.

Q.4     For adult social care how many of these posts were

Core funded?

Funded by the Better Care Fund?

A.4 n/a (see above)

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.5     How many social worker posts will be deleted between 1st September 2019 - 31st March 2020?

Children’s Social Care?

A.5 There are no plans to delete posts during this period.

Adults Social Care ?

A.5 There are no plans to delete posts during this period.

Q.6     For adult social care how many of these posts were

Core funded?

Funded by the Better Care Fund?

A.6 n/a

Please provide information as the number of social workers.

Q.7     As of 31st August 2019, how many social worker posts are currently ‘frozen’ / empty and not being recruited to?

Children’s Social Care?

A.7 None

Adults Social Care?

A.7 None