Welcome to the Social Care Workforce Periodical
Social Care Workforce Periodical (SCWP) aims to provide timely and updated information on the social care workforce in England.
In each issue, one aspect of the workforce is investigated through analysis of the latest emerging quantitative workforce data in order to provide evidence-based information that relates specifically to the social care workforce in England. The purpose is to share emerging findings with the social care sector to help improve workforce intelligence. Such updates are useful in highlighting specific issues for further analysis and for informing workforce policy.
The first few issues of SCWP provide in-depth analyses of the latest versions of the National Minimum Data Set in Social Care (NMDS-SC); however, other sources of data may be used in further issues. We would welcome any suggestions on topics for inclusion in future issues.
The Periodical, authored by Shereen Hussein of the Unit, derives from the Secondary analysis of the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care project, funded by the Department of Health.
SCWP may be freely downloaded from the Issue pages.
In February 2014 Dr Hussein submitted evidence to the Kingsmill Review of exploitation in the care sector. In her evidence Dr Hussein presents her analysis of the social care workforce broken down into the following topics: turnover; gender and age; BME workers; migrant workers; pay; and, training. She ends her submission with her own reflections and recommendations on the question, ‘How can local authorities address concerns over care workers’ payments and working conditions?’
Hussein, S. (2014) 'Evidence and reflections for The Kingsmill review of exploitation in the care sector' (11pp).
There is more media coverage reported on individual issue pages of the Periodical, especially—in relation to pay—on the Issue 16 page.
22 December 2011 New Statesman: 'The scandal of low-paid care workers' (blog post by Gavin Kelly and Joe Coward)
3 October 2011 BBC Panorama: 'All work and low pay' (link to Unit news item)
14 April 2010 Community Care reports on Issue 6 of SCWP, Pay in adult social care in England.