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."