We undertake a large range of research activity which covers issues relevant to workforce development and service provision. Below is a list of the latest research reports. To access all of our reports and research from the rest of the sector please use our Research Knowledge Base.
Violence against social care and support staff
This report explores research into the extent of the problem of violence against staff in 2012. Three key issues were examined were, the trends and current prevalence of violence against social care and support staff; guidance and monitoring procedures employers are using to record violence incidents; and what the sector can learn from the NHS in response to violence against staff. Click here for more information
Sports, leisure and social care - Moving towards a joint workforce development programme
This report presents a summary of the key themes emerging from a review of research or evidence of shared workforce development between the two sectors and consultations with a wide range of stakeholders from across the adult social care and sport and fitness sectors. Click here for more information
A scoping study of workforce development for self neglect
This research explores how workforce development can equip adult social care practitioners to work with the challenges of self-neglect. Click here for more information
What do we know about the role of arts in social care?
This report explores the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care with a particular emphasis of workforce development. Click here for more information - registation is required to access the full report.
Integrated health and social care evidence review
This report explores how people's care and support needs change and how the workforce has to adapt to meet the challenges that change can present. Click here for more information
Workforce development and people whose behaviour
This report highlights the gaps in workforce development relating to people who behaviour challenges. It identifies potential resources that would be useful to employers to help develop the skills and confidence of their staff to achieve better outcomes and care for people with complex needs. Click here for more information.
The research briefings are a round up of research being conducted by and on behalf of Skills for Care, nationally and in the regions. It logs research that is planned, ongoing and recently completed.
Click here to download the latest briefing which covers research activity from January to June 2013.
We are committed to evaluating the outcomes and impact of our projects and programmes to ensure that we realise benefits for employers, the social care workforce, people who use services, and carers. These reports will be available here soon.
Click here to access the Research Knowledge Base
We have developed this searchable database to provide ready access to the wealth of information produced about the adult social care workforce.
It contains research reports and other related documents dating back to April 2004. We upload new Skills for Care related documents on a monthly basis and external ones quarterly.
Should you need any help with using the Research Knowledge Base please read our User Guide.
There is a user guide to help you use the Research Knowledge Base however, If you have any feedback on the Research Knowledge Base, would like to recommend additional publications or would like to report problems with the system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We undertake research throughout the year allowing the sector to use research evidence to inform decision-making. We often seek participation from people throughout the research process. Participation could include taking part surveys, being involved in consultations and sometimes contributing by providing case study examples or agreeing to be a study site.
If you think you could contribute towards any of our research projects and would like to be involved, please send an email to email@example.com stating which research project or projects you are interested in supporting and telling us a little bit about why you would be suitable.
Click here to see the latest research projects with participation opportunities.