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Social workers tell of risks and concerns

Among the 1,100 respondents to BASW’s 2012 State of Social Work survey, 85% have experienced notable cuts to services in the last 12 months and 78% have noticed jobs cuts or unfilled vacancies. Eligibility criteria has tightened, the use of unqualified staff is on the rise and caseloads are unmanageable for 77% of social workers.

The ultimate impact of overstretched services is reflected by the 88% who believe lives could be put at risk by cuts to services.