How social workers spend their time: an analysis of the key issues that impact on practice pre- and post implementation of the integrated children's system

Over several years now commentators have raised concerns that an increasing administrative burden is deflecting social workers from working directly with children and families to identify and meet their needs. This study involved a secondary analysis of existing research data to provide information on the extent to which social workers report spending their time on direct activities with children, young people and their families, and on indirectly related activities such as liaising with other professionals or recording information.

Author: 
Lisa Holmes
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Samantha McDermid
Author: 
Anna Jones
Author: 
Harriet Ward
Publisher: 
Department for Children, Schools and Families
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