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Tagged In:  Sanctuary Personnel

Naturally, we were delighted when social work podcaster and media trainer, David Niven, invited Sanctuary Personnel’s Managing Director, James Rook, to participate in a podcast




In David’s first interview with James, they talk about the development of Sanctuary Personnel, and in particular, Sanctuary Social Care. James reflects on Sanctuary Social Care’s growth and how the eight people he started the company with still remain as committed as ever to ensure it remains the largest provider of social workers in the UK. 

Supplying experienced agency staff to fill what is in David’s words “quite a significant vacancy rate amongst social services departments” James talks openly about the pressures that continue to influence social worker vacancy rates. 

Without giving criticism to local authorities, James discusses the need to look at new initiatives to bring about greater efficiencies. Where this can be realised, he asserts, is by reducing the administrative burdens that all too often limit the productivity of a practitioner. The reality is there needs to be significantly more administrative support given to frontline social workers. 

Talking about the unhelpful ‘debate’ regarding the private and public sector, James says “that shouldn’t be the debate. The debate should be; what’s the methodology of this service?, why is it going to work?, what’s the evidence?, and what difference does it make to service users’ lives?”

Considering viable solutions and effective partnership work, David asks James more about Skylakes, Sanctuary Personnel’s in-house social work delivery arm. 

To hear what James’ rationale is behind his thoughts and his views on the future of the profession, listen to the podcast in full

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