Research and analysis

Social work improvement fund: summary report on activity 2010 to 2012

This research brief summarises the findings and results of a survey of the social work improvement fund (SWIF).



The social work improvement fund (SWIF) was established in 2010 as a response to a recommendation from the social work task force. This fund was divided between all local authorities using a relative needs formula agreed by the DfE and ministers. The children’s workforce development council (CWDC) was asked by the department to distribute these funds and support employers to use the funding to reduce pressure on front line social workers and build capacity for reform and improvement in social work with children and families.

To provide further support to local authorities a second allocation of SWIF was made available for 2011 to 2012 with the total funding for local authorities increasing from £23m in the first year to £43.9m.

Published 28 June 2011