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Up to 35 new social workers planned for Hants
2:00pm Friday 8th February 2013 in Headlines
UP to 35 new child protection social workers will be recruited by Hampshire County Council over the next two years.
The move forms part of a £6.5million extra investment in social care budgets for two years to be considered by councillors tomorrow.
The extra funding is being proposed by council leader Ken Thornber. Five new social work teams, costing £2.5million per year, would help ensure the most vulnerable children are well supported, amid increasing numbers of children coming into the council’s care, care leavers needing support and the rising costs of looking after children with complex disabilities.
Under the proposals, £4million will be added to the adult social care budget to support transformation of elderly care and the transition from traditional residential care to ‘extra care’.