Data set from Children's social work workforce

Characteristics of starters and leavers (including totals)

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Characteristics of children and family social workers starting and leaving a post at a local authority during the year ending 30 September by FTE and headcount. Data is provided for overall totals, age, gender and time in service (leavers only).


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children's social work workforce
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
Indicators
  • % of children and family social workers leaving during year
  • % of children and family social workers starting during year
  • Number of children and family social workers leaving during year
Filters
  • Characteristic type
  • Count type
Time period
2017 to 2021

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_nameregion_coderegion_nameold_la_codenew_la_codela_namecountcharacteristiccharacteristic_typenumber_of_startersstarters_percentagenumber_of_leaversleavers_percentage
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFTETotalTotal5518.7z4994.5z
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastFTETotalTotal335.1z272.6z
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestFTETotalTotal711.9z660.2z
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The HumberFTETotalTotal568.1z524.5z
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsFTETotalTotal389z355.4z

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_typeCharacteristic type - Filter by characteristic type
countCount type - Filter by count
leavers_percentage% of children and family social workers leaving during year
number_of_leaversNumber of children and family social workers leaving during year
number_of_startersNumber of children and family social workers starting during year

Footnotes

  1. Age at 30 September of the reporting year.
  2. Full-time Equivalent (FTE) figures are calculated by aggregating the total number of hours that social workers are contracted to work and dividing by the standard hours for their grade. FTE figures exclude social workers for whom FTE information was missing or not known.
  3. Leavers are social workers who left a child and family social worker post at a local authority in the year ending 30 September. This includes social workers who are staying at a local authority, but moving to a non-child and family role and those continuing as children’s social workers but moving to a different local authority. Leavers also include social workers who have begun a career break, those seconded out of an organisation or those leaving the profession altogether. They do not include social workers who have started maternity or sick leave, or moved from one children’s social work position to another children’s social work position within a local authority.
  4. Time in service for leavers is calculated as the time in years from when the worker started in a children and family social worker role at the local authority to the date they left a children and family social worker role at the local authority.
  5. Headcount is a count of all individual children and family social workers, regardless of their working pattern: where a social worker holds more than one post within a local authority, only one post is counted (refer to the methodology section for more information).
  6. Starters are social workers who joined a vacant child and family social worker post at a local authority in the year ending 30 September. This includes social workers who have previously worked in the same local authority, but in a non-child and family role. A move or promotion from one child and family social work position to another within the same local authority is not counted as a starter. Similarly, social workers returning from maternity or sick leave are not counted as starters.

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