Sources of Statistics for Health and social care.

Updated on 13 July 2016, this useful briefing paper  from The House of Commons Library provides excellent links to statistics on:

  • waiting times
  • Ambulance response times
  • hospital admissions
  • beds availability
  • screening programmes
  • adult and child social care
  • health and social care funding

Harker, R. & Baker, C. (2016). House of Commons Library: Sources of Statistics
Health and social care. Retrieved from


Trial access to CareKnowledge database

We currently have a trial to a new database CareKnowledge. Containing a wealth of resources to support learning and teaching across both adults’ and children’s social care​ through original articles from leading experts in social care, evidence-based research articles, legal case laws​, analysis and opinion pieces, practice guides and journal articles.

It can help you to:

  • Understand the implications of new policies and legislation
  • Research and prepare for assignments, dissertations and placements
  • Access knowledge to support CPD, evidence-based practice and better informed decision-making

To access please follow this link choose Swansea University from the list of organisations and login with your usual username and password. The trial will finish at the end of April 2016. If you have any feedback please let us know

National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (Wales)

Launched earlier this month the National action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation in Wales provides a comprehensive framework through which the wide range of safeguarding partners will demonstrate co-ordinated and cross-agency action to prevent and protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation.

It set out minimum standards the safeguarding children boards and partner agencies will work collectively and individually towards and build on to:

  • Prevent and protect children and young people from sexual exploitation
  • Provide responsive, appropriate and consistent support to those identified as being subject to or at risk of child sexual exploitation
  • Contribute to the identification and prosecution of perpetrators.

Welsh Government. (2016). National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (Wales). Retrieved from

Social work for better mental health

The Government have  recently published 3  new resources as part of their ‘Social work for better mental health’ initiative.  The 3 documents aim to “help improve social work across the mental health sector and to make sure the value of social work in improving mental wellbeing is recognised.”

Allen, R., Carr, S., Linde, K., & Sewell, H. (2016). How are we doing? A self assessment and improvement resource to help social care and health organisations develop the role and practice of social workers in mental health. Retrieved from

Allen, R., Carr, S., Linde, K., & Sewell, H. (2016). Making the difference together Guidance on gathering and using feedback about the experience of social work from people who use services and their carers. Retrieved from

Allen, R., Carr, S., Linde, K., & Sewell, H. (2016). Social work for better mental health: A strategic statement. Retrieved from