Trustworthiness: confidence in the people and organisations that produce statistics and data
Skills for Care offers practical, impartial support that is non-partisan. One of Skills for Cares core values is to use our data and insight to provide a solid evidence base about the adult social care workforce and to understand trends. We provide intelligence and robust data to help empower the sector to make plans for change based on facts.
The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is an online data collection service and the leading source of workforce information for the adult social care sector in England. The ASC-WDS collects information about workforce characteristics, such as demographics, pay, vacancies and staff turnover. It also enables the analysis of issues and trends. It holds information on over 19,000 care providing locations and 620,000 workers.
The ASC-WDS has passed the government digital standards Alpha, Beta and, in 2021, the Live assessment. This is evidence that the system has proper governance, has a user centric design, the data is secure, managed and meets legislation. Information about data security, regulation of data, user rights etc. can be found on the ASC-WDS privacy notice for workers. Information about storing data, data protection legislation, GDPR and DPA can be found in the terms and conditions.
Most of the Workforce Intelligence Analysts are Accredited Researchers, certified with the ONS safe researcher programme, meaning we work to the standard of the ‘five safes’ making it a priority to keep these at the forefront of our minds when conducting research, analysis, storing and sharing any research or data.
We always make sure that our research and outputs are appropriate, trustworthy and there is no risk of misuse or a confidentially breach. When creating outputs, we always adhere to statistical disclosure controls, for example:
- we do not create data based on, or publish, low bases
- we do not disclose data about individuals
- our outputs are clearly labelled
- outputs have suitable interpretation
- where applicable we provide a description of the analysis and contextual information
- we provide an appropriate level of detail for the user.
An estimated publication date is put on our website a year in advance for all the workforce intelligence publications and interactive data visualisations.