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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The Leadership Qualities Framework

The Framework is based on the structure of the leadership framework developed by the NHS, which includes five areas in which all social care professionals need to demonstrate leadership and two which apply specifically to senior staff. We have called them Dimensions.

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Why are some employers more successful than others in retaining their workforce? Good Practice from Domiciliary Care and Community Care Providers

The funding of social care, demographic change and personalisation are just some of the issues transforming the delivery of care services within the adult social care sector. Yet at the very time the sector is rapidly evolving, some organisations are grappling with high rates of staff turnover.

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Common core principles to support dignity in adult social care services: Foreword

This forward from Glen Mason, from the Department of Health, supports the resource which details the seven common core principles to support dignity in adult social care. The principles can be used to support workforce development for all workers who support adults across the sector. It also includes 'Principle to practice' guides which use real life examples and dilemmas to illustrate the importance of each principle.

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Personalisation through play

Nutshell Communications: 'Whose Shoes? - Putting People First' is a board game which promotes dialogue between a range of different people, encouraging them to see the world from others' points of view and work together effectively.

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Local Authority participation in social care Apprenticeships

The review confirmed that there is a gap in information specifically and directly dealing with local authority involvement in Apprenticeships in adult social care, and local authority support for Individual Employers to employ Apprentices as PAs.'The report concludes that there is a need to undertake primary research to establish the:numbers of Apprentices within local authority adult social services departments drivers and inhibitors of activity in relation to Apprenticeships for recruitment and upskilling of new and existing employees in the statutory sector extent to which Apprentices are employed as personal assistants and their appropriateness in this regard.

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Advice note for local authorities: Minimum standards of support for individual employers and personal assistants

This advice note is the result of an intelligence-gathering exercise conducted by Skills for Care in partnership with Learn to Care and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Fifty local authorities responded to an online questionnaire to provide the data. It is designed to complement the document cited above by identifying what minimum standards should cover and by providing current examples of good practice in those areas.

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