Employer standards health check 2022

The new 2022 Health Check Survey started in October 2022. The 2020 and 2021 reports are both available to read on this page.


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 October 2022, 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.

Social Work Health Check 2021

The purpose of the survey was to better understand the experience of social workers. This survey totalled 10090 responses and 147 organisations participated. It sought to answer three key questions including:

  • How well do employers deliver the refreshed Employer Standards?
  • How well do employees perceive their working environment?
  • What factors influence them to remain engaged with their work and minded to stay with their organisation?

Read the National Health Check report for 2021

Social Work Health Check 2020

In 2020 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.

The 2020 Health check survey included COVID-19 specific questions to assess the wellbeing of social workers during the pandemic.

In total, 143 organisations took part and received bespoke results for their organisation.

Read the National Health Check report for 2020