Providing high quality care to people of all ages is at the heart of the principles of the health and social care system. Ensuring people have the best possible quality of life and the equality of independent living is fundamental to a socially just society. Accordingly, health and social care services need to provide a quality service to meet all people’s needs.
The services provided by social care, when done well, can transform people’s lives, provide them new opportunities, help them realise independence and provide personal care with dignity and understanding.
- Social care statistics and data
Councils return a large amount of information on the social services they provide through the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care system. Information is also collected on provision of care to households during one week each year. This information is collated and published by the Information Centre.
Publication and policy documents from DH and elsewhere
- National Adult Social Care Intelligence Service (NASCIS)
NASCIS is a collection of data, tools and resources on adult social care designed to meet the varied needs of service planners, managers, researchers and policy makers. It aims to provide a single national resource of timely, relevant and useful information for social care services across England. NASCIS holds data on the primary adult social care collections going back to 2005/ 2006 for Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs).
- Social care in the West Midlands 2007/08
This report provides data and information on social care services for adults in the West Midlands. It highlights issues related to the data accuracy and discrepancy in funding among different local authorities within the West Midlands. It also identified the need for a comprehensive social care intelligence service which can support the complex agenda of social care development.
- Social Work Reform Board – One Year On Report
The Reform Board’s report sets out the progress that has been made and seeks views from the sector, including social workers, on five key areas of reform and looks to the wider social work sector to take forward and test proposals and feedback views to support implementation.
- Children’s social care
Primary responsibility for information on children's social care lies with the Department for Education and Skills.