Violence against social care staff 2013

Full survey results | interactive map | analysis and reaction | social workers' experiences


Social workers and care staff are as likely to be attacked in the office as they are on home visits

Our latest investigation into violence in the sector suggests care staff are more likely to be subjected to threats and abuse than qualified social workers.

How violent is your area?

Use our interactive map to find out how many accounts of violence against social care staff were recorded in your area in 2012-13. You can also scroll through the years to see how levels of violence have changed at a local level (the dates on the slider relate to the end of the financial year in which the data was recorded). Data for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales was not recorded in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Number of reported incidents


Slide to select year

  • 2009/10
  • 2010/11
  • 2011/12
  • 2012/13

Download the full dataset for 2012-13. If you have any questions about this data, please email

Social workers’ experiences of violence

We asked social care workers to tell us about their experiences of violence in the workplace. Quotes are from our 2013 survey; photos posed by models

  [vimeo][/vimeo]   By Kirsty McGregor   Map by Ben Hamilton   Pictures by Gary Brigden   Date published: 21st August 2013  
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