What we are working on

What we are working on – as at 15th March 2017

Here is what we've been working on recently:

  • Interactive Social Worker Data Tool – This tool (available here) allows users to explore previously published data (2008-2015) on social workers from the Local Authority Social Work Services census collection and takes the form of a Microsoft Excel workbook. The data is disaggregated by local authority and can be filtered using drop-down menus (e.g. sub-sector, post type, year). The tool is intended to help understanding and increase the usefulness of the data.
  • Staff retention and Whole time equivalent (WTE) data updates – These updates (Staff retention (stability index) data available here and WTE data available here) contain 2015 data and are developments of our previous experimental statistics papers on these topics. The data is available in XLSX, ODS and CSV format to maximise flexibility of use. We plan to include data on these topics in future workforce data reports.
  • Mental Health Officer time series data – This site now contains all the data on the MHO workforce collected by the Scottish Government from 2005 to March 2012, and subsequently by the SSSC from December 2012 to date (available here). The data is available in XLSX, ODS and CSV format to maximise flexibility of use.

Here is what we'll be working on in the coming months:

  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) – 2015/16 – The SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector report for 2015/16 will be published in this site within the next few weeks. The following key changes have been made to the format and content of our annual report on SVQs:
    • The report is shaped by financial year as opposed to calendar year, which brings SVQ provision reporting into line with reporting on Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland.
    • SVQ provision data is separated into the Adults and Children & Young People frameworks.
    The SSSC intends to report SVQ provision in this way from now on.
  • The Children's Services Workforce 2015 (working title) – This publication will present data on the sub-sectors that primarily deal with children, collating them together and looking in detail at three particular sub-sectors that can be further disaggregated: Day Care of Children, Residential Child Care and School Care Accommodation. The data will be available in XLSX, ODS and CSV format to maximise flexibility of use.
  • Local Level Data Tables (working title) – This publication will present key tables from the 2015 Workforce Data Report disaggregated by local authority area. Some data from areas with low response rates may have to be suppressed in the interests of preserving data quality.
  • Local Authority Social Work Services (LASWS) census data collection – The deadline for the submission of the 2016 LASWS data from Scotland’s 32 local authorities was 10th March 2017. During the next three months the data will undergo rigorous checking before being used in the 2016 Workforce Data Report (Official Statistics) and the 2016 MHO Report (National Statistics) to be published in the late summer.
  • Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) – Late last year we sent out a questionnaire to Scotland’s 32 local authorities to investigate the quality of the Local Authority Social Work Services (LASWS) data that is submitted to us every year. We did this because the UK Statistics Authority’s Regulatory Standard for the Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) requires producers of official and national statistics to have a clear understanding of the quality level of the administrative data used to produce the statistics. The deadline for the submission of responses is 10th March 2017. We will analyse the responses and produce a LASWS data quality summary report later this spring.

Calendar

Forthcoming meeting dates:

  • 16th March 2017 – Scottish Social Services Workforce Data Group (SSSWDG) meeting (Dundee)
  • 9th May 2017 – Interim Data Providers Group meeting