This paper investigates the nature and extent of the problems facing the children's social work profession. Last year, there were around 1,350 vacant jobs in this field, many of which were concentrated in certain areas. Despite a concerted effort to tackle this shortage of workers, there are widespread concerns about the skills, competencies and calibre of new recruits to the profession.
In October 2005 the Coalition consulted with its members to select its priority areas for monitoring. Training for Carers, along with Carer Awareness Training for Professionals and The impact of Carers Assessments were the key priority areas identified. Funding for the monitoring exercise was provided by the Scottish Executive.