Our research reports


Here are our latest research reports.

National Recruitment campaign for adult social care – findings from the scoping study

This scoping study was conducted in two parts, a review of evidence available and a consultation exercise (including both an online survey and a series of consultation events). The project took place from November 2017 – February 2018. We would like to thank all of those who contributed to the scoping study, taking the time to share their valuable insight and experience.

Recruitment and retention in adult social care: secrets of success - June 2017

We've conducted research with social care employers with a turnover of less than 10%, and individual employers, to explore what they do that contributes to their success in recruitment and retention. 


Child and Family survey - summer 2016

We've conducted an online survey to explore the breadth of development initiatives and implementation plans for social workers in Child and Family services.

Social work in adult services evaluation survey

In order to gain a better understanding of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in adult social work we've conducted an online survey.

Care coordination (2016)

Care coordination is an important aspect of integration between social care and health. Many areas have seen a rise in staff involved in coordinating care. This can include activities like supporting people using services to access appropriate care and support, working with professionals to raise awareness of local services available and reducing duplication of efforts.  

We’ve spoken to employers in social care and health to find out about the functions associated with care coordination in their organisation. This short summary gives an overview of the findings from this work.​

The impact of a values based approach to recruitment and retention (2016)

This report assesses the longer-term impact of a values based approach to recruitment and retention by capturing key business performance indicators such as staff retention, absence and performance measures.

The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) (2015)

This three year longitudinal study aims to the ASYE has made a difference to social work practice and retention. 


Self-employed carers survey (2015)Values based recruitment - key messages

This research examines the role of the self-employed workforce and their learning and development needs.

Leading and managing home care teams (2015)

This research set out to identify perceived best practice of leading and managing home care teams, including practical techniques, tools and approaches.


Impact of working longer hours on quality of care (2015)

We were asked by the Department of Health to investigate the impact of longer working hours on the quality of care provided in the adult social care sector. 

Return on investment of Apprenticeships (2014)

This research looked at the role of Apprenticeships in recruitment, succession and workforce development planning in small and medium-sized organisations in adult social care.

Performance management in health and social care (2014)

This research looks at the views of performance management and the sources of information and support available within health and social care.

Preventing and managing abuse in social care (2014)

These research reports determine how to support social care employers and personal assistants in dealing with violence and abuse in the workplace. 


Can't find what you need? Take a look at our Research Knowledge Base, an online searchable database with information about the adult social care workforce. Here you will also find older Skills for Care research reports.



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Adult placement counts: A survey of adult placement schemes in England

A descriptive analysis of adult placement schemes in England including:- profiles of schemes, carers and users- types of service provision- incidence of awards, training and support- recruitment and retention difficulties

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New types of worker: Stage 1 evaluation report

This report sets out the findings from an evaluation of the first phase of the Skills for Care New Types of Worker programme 2003-2006 comprising 28 pilots covering different parts of the social care sector. It includes an examination of recruitment and retention within the pilots.

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Joining forces: Developing practice learning opportunities in healthcare settings for social work students

This report documents the learnings from the Landmark Practice Learning Project placing 10 social work students in practice learning placements within South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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Recruitment agency survey 2009: Summary of key findings

This project estimates the number of recruitment agency operations nationally, and in each of the nine SfC regions, that provide migrant workers to adult social care employers including end users, the numbers of such workers being supplied from where, and the demand for migrant workers from adult social care employers. It is designed as an interim measure until the NMDS-SC is able to collect this information.

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Report into good practice in the recruitment and retention of workers aged 50 +

To identify examples of good recruitment practice in other industry sectors and to develop an action plan for adult social care employers in Greater Merseyside and a guidance document/toolkit that will act as a resource to assist employers in recruiting individuals aged 50 and over.

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The state of the adult social care workforce in England (2010)

This latest edition of Skills for Care's State of the Adult Social Care Workforce is the most comprehensive yet and contains new information on the complex workforce which provides social care for adults and older people in England. The report's main objective is to provide a statistical overview of this workforce in 2009, updating previous information and covering new developments in this fast-changing area. The main focus is on the national picture. There is a separate appendix containing regional statistics.

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