Majority of social workers looking to leave their job within the next 16 months, says new research

30 October 2018 – Community Care

A study of over 3,000 social workers has revealed high workloads and a lack of resources to help service users being pointed out as the main stressors contributing to poor working conditions.

As a result, an increasing number of social workers are looking to leave their jobs as working conditions remain “chronically poor” within the sector.

The UK Social Workers: Working Conditions and Wellbeing research, co-commissioned by Social Workers Union (SWU) and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) found that almost two-thirds (61%) of social work practitioners and managers surveyed were looking to leave their current position in the next 16 months. This compared to 52% in last year’s study.

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