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Campaign to recruit more children's social workers

A campaign has been launched to recruit more children's social workers in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Authorities in the region say they are handling a record number of cases with 70,300 children going into care - an increase of 3% from last year.

The project, a joint venture between 15 councils, aims to improve standards of care and raise industry standards for people already in the job.

It has received a grant of £150,000 from the government.

Alison O'Sullivan, director for children and young people at Kirklees Council, who is leading the project, said: "Across Yorkshire and the Humber, more children than ever need support.

"The increase is reflected nationally and is due to a growing awareness of child protection issues, especially after the Baby Peter case in London.

"We want people to have a better understanding of what it's like to work with vulnerable children and we want to encourage more people to consider it as a career."

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