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Have your say in a new survey open to all social workers.

We want to hear from you

1/14/2020 12:45:00 PM

As part of our work over the coming years, we are committed to developing a deeper understanding of social work by gathering data and intelligence about the profession and people’s experiences. This will help inform our work, keep it relevant and make sure it’s grounded in the values that underpin social work.

In order to do this, we are starting the new decade with a series of research projects, the first one is being run in partnership with the Guardian and aims to find out what social workers think about their role, what is working well and where improvements need to be made. Through the Social Lives survey and the partnership, we hope the data will provide us with our first insight into the sector and an opportunity to work with the Guardian to reach even more stakeholders across the country, deepening our understanding of the current landscape. The survey is open to all social workers and if you would like to have your say please visit: https://ipsos.uk/sociallives.

Shortly after the launch of Social Lives, we will begin two of our own research projects. We will undertake an in-depth study into social work in England to provide a snapshot of the profession. The research will look at social workers’ experiences, attitudes and perceptions to understand more about who is attracted to the profession, the roles that social workers fulfil, and why they choose to leave the profession.

The second research project will gauge public perceptions, general knowledge of social workers, and the regulation of the profession. It will also seek to understand experiences of people who receive support and look at public perceptions of social work compared to other healthcare providers.

More details about our research projects will be available in the coming months.

Amy Soar, Head of Policy at Social Work England, said: “We want to continuously learn and reflect to better understand the complex landscape of social work practice and the perceptions held by the public. The way we’re doing this is through research, collaboration and through our regional engagement leads, who are speaking and listening to our stakeholders across the country. We look forward to hearing from everyone who has an interest in social work as part of our research and to feeding back what this will mean for our work.”