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Child protection faces staff crisis.


CHILD protection services in England are struggling in the face of a huge shortage of social workers, a survey revealed today.

Directors of social services social services
Noun, pl

welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services nplservicios mpl sociales 
 have warned of severe pressures because of problems recruiting and retaining skilled and experienced staff.

According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the survey of social services departments in England by 78 authorities, there was a 14.7 per cent vacancy VACANCY. A place which is empty. The term is principally applied to cases where an office is not filled.
     2. By the constitution of the United States, the president has the power to fill up vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate.
 rate of established social worker posts in July.

This is equivalent to over 2,000 unfilled posts.

The shortage of experienced managers was slightly less severe, with a little under nine per cent of posts vacant.

The figures were revealed today at a briefing session in advance of Lord Laming's inquiry into the circumstances CIRCUMSTANCES, evidence. The particulars which accompany a fact.
     2. The facts proved are either possible or impossible, ordinary and probable, or extraordinary and improbable, recent or ancient; they may have happened near us, or afar off; they are public or
 surrounding the death of Victoria Climbie.

Victoria, aged eight, died of neglect while under the care of her aunt and her partner, despite the involvement of social services, police and the NHS NHS
National Health Service

NHS (in Britain) National Health Service
. Marie Therese Kouao, Victoria's aunt, and Carl Manning, Kouao's boyfriend, were jailed for life in January for the murder of the girl in Tottenham, London, in February 2000.

The youngster, who had been sent to live with Kouao 12 months earlier, had 128 separate injuries on her body and died from multiple organ failure, malnutrition malnutrition, insufficiency of one or more nutritional elements necessary for health and well-being. Primary malnutrition is caused by the lack of essential foodstuffs—usually vitamins, minerals, or proteins—in the diet.  and neglect.

Association of Directors of Social Services president Moira Gibb said the picture represented by the survey was "grim".

She added: "We do not have the full quota quota

In international trade, a government-imposed limit on the quantity of goods and services that may be exported or imported over a specified period of time. Quotas are more effective than tariffs in restricting trade, since they limit the availability of goods rather
 of skilled and experienced social workers that we so desperately need in order to give every vulnerable child the full protection he or she needs.

"The net we use in order to catch and support children and families in distress is being stretched far too tightly. There is a very real danger of some of them falling through."

The survey also found that some authorities are concerned that long- serving, experienced staff are being replaced by unqualified or newly qualified social workers.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 24, 2001
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