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This Health Foundation briefing provides a detailed description and timeline of the government’s social care response.
It considers the role that social care has played in the overall policy narrative and identifies the underlying factors within the social care system, such as its structure and funding, that have shaped its ability to respond.
It argues that central government support for social care came too late and that policy action on social care has been focused primarily on care homes and risks leaving out other vulnerable groups and services. Longstanding issues within the system – including underfunding, workforce shortages, system fragmentation, and lack of quality data – have shaped the ability of the sector to respond. Reference to safeguarding function on page 7.
Key reading for all leading and working in social care.