February 2011 – Data collection within adult social care

BASW/CoSW is very concerned about the impact on social workers working in adult services of data collection. BASW/CoSW recognise that it is essential to have good quality case recording, but is concerned about the following two areas:

  • systems for case recording that are not fit for purpose
  • the impact on social workers of data collection that is for the purposes of statistical information, much of it demanded by Government.

The prime focus of the paper is on the later point, although it is recognised that the two areas are inter-connected.

This brief paper explores the current position affecting adult social care in England and makes recommendations to address problems. The main focus is on adult social service departments, however much of the critique also applies to data collection required by adult social care providers.

Published : 28th February 2011*

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