Convey v The Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Court of Appeal - Social workers/social care workers, December 07, 2006,  EWCST 758(SW)
Convey v The Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Court of Appeal - Social workers/social care workers, December 07, 2006,  EWCST 758(SW)Convey v The Secretary of State for Education and Skills  EWCST 758(SW) (07 December 2006)MAUREEN JOANNE CONVEYAppellant-v-GENERAL SOCIAL CARE COUNCILRespondent 758.SWBefore:Mr Mark RowlandMrs Susan HowellMrs Geraldine MatthisonMs Eleanor Grey, instructed by Field Fisher Waterhouse, appeared for the Respondent.The Appellant appeared in person.DECISION1. Like many local authorities, Flintshire County Council has found it difficult to recruit qualified social workers. In 2004, a recruitment campaign in the United Kingdom attracted only three enquiries and one applicant, who withdrew on the day before the interview. So Flintshire decided to look abroad and, in 2005, carried out a recruitment exercise in Canada with the help of a recruitment consultant. There were 135 enquiries and 21 people were interviewed. Ms Maureen Convey, who worked for the East Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority, achieved the highest score in the exercise and therefore it is not surprising that she was one of those offered employment. She had already applied in April 2005 to the General Social Care Council (“the Council”) for registration as a social worker, as had other applicants who wished to obtain work permits and visas. The registration process was particularly protracted in Ms Convey’s case, a state of affairs for which each party fairly...
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