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Above and Beyond: At What Cost?

NIASW Workload Survey Report

In early 2016, NIASW members highlighted a series of concerns to the Association regarding workload challenges.   To establish a clear understanding of the challenges NIASW surveyed social workers in Northern Ireland across a range of settings.   The survey findings highlight the extent to which many social workers go above and beyond, working additional unpaid hours to meet the needs of their service users. NIASW estimates the unpaid hours worked by social workers amount to a saving of £11.4 million annually.   Throughout the document a series of recommendations are presented.