Furlong says “social workers have excessive work demands and by the very nature of their jobs are subjected to stressful and emotionally draining situations. In spite of this they are extremely dedicated individuals who contribute to a better life for some of our province’s most vulnerable citizens. Their contribution should be recognized and appreciated”, said Furlong. “The demands of the job are taking their toll on social workers and recruitment and retention efforts have to become a priority to address their many concerns. The Auditor General referenced shortcomings in the system in his annual report. This is clearly an indication of a need to recruit and retain more social workers,” said Furlong. “It is unacceptable that social workers continue to work under such trying circumstances with expectation levels that are unrealistic. Recruitment and retention of social workers has to be a priority for the Department of Child Youth and Family Services”, said Furlong.

For information contact:
Carol Furlong at 691-5701 or cfurlong@nape.nf.ca.