§ Mrs. Chalker
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many fully trained social workers were in practice in each of the last five years in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Deakins
The number of qualified1 whole-time social workers and senior social workers (excluding team leaders) employed by local authority social services departments in England at 30th September each year are as follows:
1971 (estimated figure thousands) 3.5 1972 3.3 1973 3.7 19742 4.6 19752(including estimated figures for Surrey and Trafford who did not submit staff qualification information) 5.4
I am informed by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales that the equivalent Welsh figures are:—
1971(estimated figure) … 184 1972 … 184 1973 … 219 19742 … 220 19752 … 259
1. Holding the Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or equivalent.
2. Includes hospital-based social workers transferred from the NHS.