Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Temporary staff and turn-a-round managers are no solution

There’s a good article by ‘Social Work Outlaw’ in Community Care.

The gist is that after an unfavourable Ofsted inspection, the local authority has to bring in temporary staff and turn-a-round managers because long-serving permanent staff and managers have left or been moved on. The result is that casework is focused only on short-term goals and that the organisation is managed by people who are “… bullish, aggressive and oh-so testosterone fuelled with macho posturing”.

This is a dark and depressing vision, but I suspect that in many ‘inadequate’ local authorities it is pretty near the truth. It is another example of how Ofsted is part of the problem, not a solution to it.