What is social care and how does it work?

Here we have pulled together a range of content to help explain social care in England, including a series of short videos on what social care is, how it’s provided and how it's paid for.

1. Bite-sized social care: What is social care?

What exactly do we mean when we talk about social care? In this video we look at what adult social care consists of, the responsibilities of local government in providing care, and the wider societal context.

2. Bite-sized social care: Who provides social care?

Social care is delivered by a wide range of organisations and professionals, and within families and communities. In this video we break down the numbers, and take a look at what people providing social care actually do.

3. Bite-sized social care: How is social care paid for?

Many people are surprised to learn that social care is not free at the point of use in the way that NHS care is. In this video we give an overview of how social care is funded.

More about social care

Timeline

'Home truths' report

Barker Commission

Blogs and articles

Upcoming event

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