New social work health check 2020

This year's survey takes only 15 minutes to complete and will provide each organisation with a report which will include key findings and drivers. It's been designed to be simpler for principal social workers to implement in their localities and also includes COVID specific questions to assess the wellbeing of your social workers.


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

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

This year, the survey has been designed to be simpler for principal social workers (PSWs) to implement in their localities and also includes COVID specific questions to assess the wellbeing of your social workers.

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

Important dates

  • You will need to opt in by 14 December 2020.
  • The closing date is 22 December 2020.
  • You will receive your bespoke report early January 2021.

Further frequently asked questions.

To take part in the health check please email us directly workforce@local.gov.uk and we will forward you the link and relevant information.