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Challenges and opportunities in the recruitment and retention of social work and social care staff

This seminar looks at the issues around recruitment and retention facing the social work and social care sector.

  • 20 Mar 2019, 6.00pm to 20 Mar 2019, 7.30pm GMT
  • 1 West, 2.102, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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Successful recruitment of social workers is faced with a wide range of challenges

The difficulties in recruitment and retention in social work and social care are well known. Mainstream media regularly reports the difficulties caused by levels of pay and unsocial hours. Less attention is sometimes paid to the satisfactions, including circumstances in which workers feel they have made a positive difference to people’s lives.

This seminar will draw on recent research on recruitment and retention in social care and social work to highlight the multiple factors that impact upon it.

Speaker profiles

Dr Jo Moriarty is Deputy Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at Kings College London. Her research activities span a number of areas, including leading research studies on workforce recruitment and retention, education and training, especially social work education, support for family carers, dementia service user involvement, ethnicity and ageing.

Jo is particularly interested in the translation of research into practice. As well authoring resources aimed at summarising research findings for practitioners, Jo blogs regularly, aiming to critically appraise recent social care findings in an accessible way.

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1 West, 2.102 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP)