Social Work Health Check

The Social Work Health Check is a survey of social workers across England to understand the practice conditions and working environment of the social work workforce. The survey is based on the Local Government Association (LGA)’s employer standards, a model of workplace wellbeing developed by What Works for Wellbeing, and input from principal social workers (PSWs).


Data analysis / In progress

Focus areas


According to the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) employer standards, all employers should conduct a ‘health check’ to ‘assess whether the practice conditions and working environment of the social work workforce are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.’

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is co-producing with principal social workers (PSWs) a survey for PSWs to use in their own organisations to identify areas for improvement, track progress over time and enable them to influence their senior leadership teams to focus on social worker wellbeing and working conditions. A standardised, validated survey also allows for a national picture of the social work workforce to emerge. 

The project involves initial piloting with a more general sample, and more extensive piloting with social workers at a number of local authorities.

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What Works for Wellbeing. (2018). Workplace Wellbeing Questionnaire Methodology.

 Local Government Association. (2018). Children’s Social Work Health Check Survey 2018 – Report of Findings.