Community Care’s retention risk tool


In this session Community Care will present its work with the University of the West of England to develop a diagnostic tool focused on the retention of social workers. The tool helps local authorities understand their performance against 24 key indicators which research tells us are the most important influences when social workers decide whether to stay or leave their job. Attend this session to:

  • Learn about the most recent UK and international research on social worker retention.
  • Hear a council’s experience piloting the tool and the key findings.
  • Understand why Community Care is focusing on the retention of social workers as one of the two key issues facing the sector.


Judy Cooper, editor, Community Care
Liz Frost, associate professor of social work, University of the West of England
Paul Angeli, assistant director of children’s social care & youth inclusion, London Borough of Merton

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