Midlothian social worker policy under fire

A recruitment policy which demands new social workers start at the bottom has come under fire for potentially putting off experienced staff.

Midlothian Council Debating chamber at Midlothian House, where the meeting took place.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Dr Mary Smith, director of education, community and economy, told members: “We find it is best to grow your own and give them that really good training background.”

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Councillor John Hackett (Lab) questioned whether this was adding to recruitment issues after a report on the performance of the council’s children’s services revealed problems replacing experienced staff. It was agreed the council would look into how posts were advertised and consider adding a salary scale into future recruitment adverts.