Employing social workers

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This information is relevant to commissioners, workforce development leads and employers in the local authority, private, voluntary and NHS sectors.

Employing and commissioning social workers in adult services must address the current and future needs of the local population and the requirements of the Care Act.

Employers must account for this by planning how social workers in their organisations can be used best to meet their business objectives. 

Skills for Care has resources which use workforce commissioning, planning and capacity planning models to support the effective deployment of social workers in adult social care services. They reflect the changing environment in which social work is being practiced and link to developments and innovations in the wider social care sector.

To access more workforce data refer to the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) which is recognised as the leading source of workforce intelligence for adult social care. 

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