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Tagged In:  Social Work, Social Worker

It will come as no surprise that some areas in England will be more densely populated by social workers than others. This is almost a given and is very much driven by demand, but the comparables between not dissimilar areas makes interesting reading. 

There are 68,220 social workers living in England. We thought it would be intriguing to take a closer look at the data and analyse the ratio of local residents to each residing social worker.
Here’s what we discovered:

Stark differences 

Neighbouring counties paint a very different picture. Just as an example, East Riding of Yorkshire has one residing social worker to every 336 residents, compared to 899 in North Yorkshire. 

Educational hubs

Bristol, Bournemouth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Manchester and Southampton all show high numbers of residing social workers. 


Some local authorities whose children’s services have been rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, show a higher number of local residents to each social worker (see black markers on the map). 

An interesting picture in London

Naturally, we were curious to find out what the data reveals about those social workers residing in London. There are clear disparities in regards to ‘living Vs need’. For example, the average number of children in need per qualified social worker is over 20 in Lambeth and Newham (based on DfE statistics), but the number of residing social workers is comparatively low. 

Likewise, the data paints an interesting picture of South West London and there are some obvious links between cost of living and the ability to travel into neighbouring boroughs with relative ease. 

To read the full double-page feature in the latest edition of Sanctuary Social Work News you can view the magazine online, where you’ll also find a host of other interesting features. 

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