The aim of this landmark longitudinal study is to collect robust evidence on recruitment, retention and progression in local authority child and family social work across England, over a five year period from 2018 to 2022. This will help policy makers and employers to establish a much stronger understanding of recruitment, career pathways, and the factors influencing job satisfaction and decisions to leave the sector.
This work is being carried out on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) by IFF Research alongside academics at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. It is supported by an expert advisory group, including representatives from the social work sector.
Longitudinal Study of Child and Family Social Workers – Wave 5 results
Reports of findings from previous waves of the research can be found here. The summary findings from the fourth wave are shown in the infographic below.