New social work health check 2020

This year’s national health check report is now available to read online. Please download the final report to read through the substantive findings and research that have been collated.


If you are the principal social worker from your organisation and want to register your interest in taking part in the next survey starting in Autumn 2021, please email workforce@local.gov.uk. Please note only the organisational principal social workers can register interest, if you are a social worker then please pass this message on.

Health Check Survey National Report 2020/21

On Monday 23 November, the LGA launched the Social Work Health check on behalf of the social work profession. It only took 15 minutes to complete and provided each organisation with a report which will include key findings and drivers. 

The survey was intended to help support and deliver effective social work. It was a key element of the refreshed Standards for Employers of social workers. We know that carrying out an annual health check also meant that issues could be identified and addressed in the right way. It allowed social workers to feel that they are listened to, and that the employer is pro-active in tackling the issues that affect them at the front-line, especially during COVID 19 times.

This year, the survey was designed to be simpler for Principal Social Workers (PSWs) to implement in their localities. It also included COVID specific questions to assess the wellbeing of social workers.

  • Each PSW was sent a link to an online survey and a unique code relating to their organisation. 
  • PSWs were also be provided with a separate link (to a slightly shorter survey) which they could forward onto the social workers in their organisation along with the same unique code.

In total, 133 councils and 10 non-council organisations took part and have received bespoke results for their organisation. 

Regional reports

The Social Work Health Check also provides a regional analysis of how employers are enabling social workers to do the best jobs that they can, every day.

Example of a regional report: North East Region social work health check report.

To view an accessible version of this document, please email webmaster@local.gov.uk

The next round of the survey is due to start in September 2021, if you are interested in taking part please do take a look at the bespoke version of a report and register your interest at workforce@local.gov.uk