A RECRUITMENT freeze at Shropshire Council will not be allowed to impact specific areas of children’s services.

The unitary authority has confirmed it is currently looking to recruit children’s social workers.

A spokesperson explained that the posts are exempt from the jobs freeze because it is a council priority to keep children safe, and because of the statutory functions social workers carry out.

In a unique move Shropshire Council has created a video which aims to encourage potential applicants to apply.

The video features members of the children’s social work team giving an insight into why Shropshire is a great place to live, work and develop their careers.

Karen Bradshaw, director of Children’s Services at Shropshire Council, said: “We have got a clear vision of where we are going, we have got a clear set of priorities that we are sticking to until we get those right. We have got an effective workforce development programme which is designed to create for social workers the right environment for them to thrive and flourish.

“We want the best social work practice here in Shropshire and we are committed to supporting that.”

The council is also recruiting an adoption support team manager who will work across Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council’s joint service.