As an organisation we are committed to learning about social work and to gathering data and intelligence about the profession and people's experiences.
We're committed to learning
As an organisation we are committed to learning about social work and to gathering data and intelligence about the profession and people's experiences. We want to make a unique contribution to the evolution of regulation, inform our work as the new specialist regulator and provide a detailed picture of social work in England. Research is an important aspect of this work.
Research areas we are interested in
- The voices of the public and people with lived experience of social work
- Raising standards in social work education and training courses
- Supporting the sector to build an intelligence picture of social work in England and providing resources to support social workers
- Assessing the effectiveness of our specialist regulatory processes, including evaluations of our work
How we commission research
We’re committed to working with the people who have an interest in our work. Research proposals are considered by a scrutiny panel, which includes people with lived experience of social work and social workers. The scrutiny panel advises on:
- the suitability of research proposals, including the objectives and research questions
- the scope, time and value for money of any project
- ethical risks or considerations and managing the oversight of ethics in projects
Research and ethics
All bidders must complete a research ethics checklist. Checklists are considered by the research scrutiny panel to ensure that ethical considerations are given due review and approval.
All commissioned research is subject to open and fair competition. We will advertise research projects over £50,000. After posting a research opportunity, we will allow a minimum of 4 weeks for researchers to submit their bids. Those who are successful at the shortlist phase will be invited to discuss their proposals.
Current research projects
Research into the public perception of social work
This piece of research looks at the views and experiences of people with lived experience of social work and the public. We want to know about the expectations and experiences of people who are supported by a social worker. We also want to understand the public’s:
- perceptions of social workers and trust in social work
- perceptions and expectations of a social worker’s education and training
- perceptions of the social work profession compared to other professions
- awareness of regulation in social work and our role as the new specialist regulator for social workers in England
When procuring this piece of research, it was important to us that it would capture the voices of people with lived experience of social work, ensuring representation from children to older people, people with disabilities and equal representation of people supported by children and families social work and adults social work.
Research into social work in England
This research looks to provide a snapshot of the social work profession in England, at the start of our regulation. We want to know who is attracted to social work, the roles that social workers fulfil, and why social workers choose to leave the profession. We also want to understand the provision of social work education and training and the mobility of graduates who become newly qualified social workers.
We want to understand:
- who chooses to train as a social worker and what attracts them to the profession
- where social workers are learning and which placements are they doing
- where newly qualified social workers start work and what their roles look like
- how prepared newly qualified social workers feel for social work practice
- whether newly qualified social workers are participating in the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE)
- if they are not participating in ASYE, why not, and if they are, what are their experiences and views
- what factors are involved in a social worker’s career progression and what roles do social workers take on at different stages in their careers
- what factors are involved in social workers deciding to leave the profession and when this is happening
Last updated: 29 June 2020