Cornwall invites former social workers to support coronavirus effort

A call has gone out for any former or retired social workers to help Cornwall’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis in social care.

Cornwall Council would like to hear from anyone living in Cornwall who has experience of working in social care – including retired social workers or those who have recently left the profession – to help them maintain the support provided to vulnerable families, children and adults through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The call follows Social Work England plans to contact 8,000 former social workers who have left the register in the last two years.

Cornwall Council would like to extend this invitation to local, ‘fit, proper and suitably experienced professionals’ to bolster local efforts during this emergency.

If it has been more than two years since you have worked in this area, or have worked within social care services as a registered social worker at any point, or you have worked in a supporting role within children’s or adult’s services the authority says there may be alternative positions which you could support with.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for children, wellbeing and public health, Cllr Sally Hawken said: ‘Those who take up the call will be deployed in their local area to work that is matched to their experience and skills.

‘We need to increase our social care workforce to help and protect Cornwall’s most vulnerable children and families who need our help most at the moment.

‘I’d like to thank our social work teams who are doing a fantastic job of supporting families during this difficult time and also to thank those who come forward to answer this call. There have never been times like these before and we need everyone to play their part to help get us all through this.’

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