About Social Care Matters

Social care matters

There are many people in our society, young and old, who need care and support.

Social care offers encouragement, support, care and safeguards for those people in our communities who have the highest levels of need.

Social care is for both children and adults, who are in need, vulnerable, or at risk; with needs arising from illness, disability, old age or poverty.

Social care makes a difference. Because social care helps people in different circumstances live better lives, it enhances health and wellbeing, increasing independence, choice and control.

Good social care:

  • Protects people from abuse or neglect,
  • Prevents deterioration of or promote physical or mental health,
  • Promotes independence and social inclusion,
  • Improves opportunities and life chances,
  • Strengthens families


This ‘Social Care Matters’ resource

This website, Social Care Matters, is a hub that draws together and links a collaborative network of social work and social care practitioners across Yorkshire and The Humber.

Social Care Matters includes:

Children’s Social Work Matters

Children’s Social Work Matters is our programme to attract and support Children’s Social Workers and improve social work practice and delivery with all our local authorities in Yorkshire & Humber working together as one big children’s social work team. It’s also about improving the understanding, image and value of children’s social work as a profession.

Teaching Partnerships

In Yorkshire and Humber there are now four Teaching Partnerships, making us the largest region of Teaching Partnerships nationally. They are:

  • Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership
  • Leeds and Wakefield Teaching Partnership
  • South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership
  • Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership


Our Teaching Partnerships are working to improve the overall quality of practice, learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) amongst trainee and practicing social workers. They offer a range of routes into social work with high quality support including practical statutory placements.

Social Work News

Check out our social work news section for the latest news and current affairs from the world of social work locally, from across the region and nationally.

Social Work Jobs

Looking for a job or career in social care? Check out all our job opportunities in adult and children’s social care throughout the Yorkshire and Humber Region.