A diverse London borough partnered with HCL to recruit internationally. The London borough’s restructuring of children’s social care services in 2010, and the redesign of service delivery in 2011, has enabled the effective management and delivery of safeguarding services. With a permanent and stable management team, the council is in the positive position of being close to achieving their recruitment aim of zero vacancies. In April 2014, the Borough was looking to recruit experienced social workers to the remaining vacancies in their Assessment, Intervention and Looked after Children’s teams.
Less than three months after our initial meeting with the Borough, HCL and the council were in Romania conducting face-to-face interviews. HCL approached the Council, offering an international recruitment solution and aiming to fill its remaining vacancies with high-performing practitioners. Romania was proposed as the first port of call due to the Borough’s high proportion of residents born in EU accession states. More specifically, the Borough has the fourth highest proportion in the UK of residents born in Romania and, crucially, there are strong similarities in the focus of social worker practice between England and Romania. Due to HCL’s proven record of recruiting internationally, the proposal was accepted, with the aim of recruiting eleven appointments.
As a result of the twenty face-to-face interviews conducted, eleven candidates were subsequently offered a position. These successful candidates will commence in mid-September and HCL will continue to work with all candidates to ensure this transition runs smoothly.
HCL completed the project within budget and a short timescale; the employment of these permanent staff members will reduce the Borough’s reliance on locum social workers, reducing costs, whilst increasing minority representation within the community they serve.
Due to the success of this campaign, HCL and the Council continue to work together, with a recruitment campaign conducted in Canada in July.
Together, we are committed to the Borough’s goal of having zero vacancies and ultimately delivering excellent outcomes for the Borough’s most vulnerable children and families.