Hertfordshire County Council is struggling to fill hundreds of roles in children’s services, it has emerged.

According to the latest available data, at the end of June this year there were 323 roles that were unfilled in children’s services.

That’s 66.5 per cent higher than the same time last year – when there were 194 vacancies.

Council officers have been reporting vacancy rates to the children young people and families cabinet panel since March 2020/21.

According to the report, the 323 vacancy rate is the highest number on record.

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Among the ‘hard to fill’ roles, the council is reported to be looking for 12 educational psychologists and 59 social workers.

There are also reported to be 17 vacancies for residential care workers and senior care workers.

The vacancy rate is included in a report that will be considered by a meeting of the county council’s children, young people and families cabinet panel tomorrow (Thursday 9).