A recent study undertaken by WorkLab for Caritas of the UK shortage of experienced Qualified Social Workers, confirmed that widespread concerns remain over the use of locums in critical front-line roles due to their 'temporary' nature.  This presents particular challenges to those Authorities who are struggling to attract sufficient permanent staff to meet demand for services and are being criticised by Ofsted as a result.  WorkLAb and Caritas will present a view on how the sector can improve practices to capitalise on teh true value of locum social workers to deliver service improvements and optimise permanent staffing levels