Sheffield Council heads training in job stresses and expectations for social workers

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Sheffield Council is spearheading a drive to retain the best social workers by training them in the stresses and expectations of the job.

The city has a good track record of being able to recruit social workers and now the authority wants to build on this by taking a new approach to training in order to keep them in the profession.

The training, in partnership with neighbouring authorities and the University of Sheffield, will be geared around what the daily expectations of social workers are and how to handle the stressful elements of the job.

The idea is that with training, students will be more capable of handling the pace of social work.

The council is planning to pilot the new South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership, which will test and refine the approaches to training.

It is hoped South Yorkshire will become a nationally-recognised centre for excellence and innovation in relation to social work education at qualifying and post graduate levels.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, welcomed the new partnership.

She said: “Being a social worker is without doubt one of the hardest jobs there is, but at the same time it can be one of the most rewarding. We need people confident in what they are doing and in how they handle the more stressful elements of the job, which is currently the missing link in social work training. Young people often form strong attachments to their social workers, and this can take years to build up.”