A council is planning a recruitment and retention seminar to tackle the shortage of social workers.
Angela Probert, head of personnel at Nottingham City Council, hopes a discussion of inn- ovative approaches will draw solutions to the problem.
"We cannot just throw money at the issue. Once we get people in we also want to be able to keep them," Probert explained.
"We know it is an issue we cannot ignore and we need to look at what we can do positively."
Probert said team leaders, trade union representatives and frontline staff will be among those invited.
Like many other local authorities, Nottingham is experiencing difficulty recruiting social workers, although she added it has not yet been forced to look abroad.
The move comes after the Government told Personnel Today it is considering a high-profile recruitment campaign, similar to the "No-one Forgets a Good Teacher" hiring drive.
Earlier this year, Essex County Council said it had turned to South Africa to find qualified staff because of a lack of UK applicants.