17 'frontline' social workers for children have left the service in 2021, a record amount of staff exits for the past five years.
Staff turnover for 2021 is now at 43%, with the average length of service of each of the departing employees just 2.8 years, compared to 10.3 years in 2019.
The publication of the figures follows the launch of a new campaign called 'Let's Be Ambitious', focusing on bringing social workers to Jersey after more than half of the 20 hired as a result of its first 'Let's Be Honest' campaign in 2019 left the service.
The Government put those departures down to a number of factors such as personal reasons, the pandemic, and cost of living concerns.
Pictured: A breakdown of social worker departures over the past five years.
The latest figures, released following a written question from Deputy Mike Higgins to the Children and Education Minister Deputy Scott Wickenden, shows that the turnover of permanent staff is more than double what it was in 2020.
Deputy Wickenden did not have the 2021 data for how many agency workers Jersey’s children’s services had hired to plug the gaps.
However, he gave the 2020 agency worker figures as having a turnover of 49%, and a length of service of 15.2 months.
Pictured: A breakdown of agency worker departures between 2016 - 2020.
The Minister's response said that some data was not available in time to fully answer the question, but it said that the figures were expected "to be similar, if not higher than 2020 in terms of what we know in relation to agency staff leaving.”
In 2020, the Government spent £2m on social workers to plug gaps in the services. 2021 spend is yet to be released.
High social worker turnover was highlighted as a key issue in an independent report from the Children's Home Commission earlier this year.
They concluded that the high number of individuals leaving the service regularly "left the children, young people and families feeling undervalued, unimportant and angry."
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