Research into lone working in adult social care

Skills for Care
Skills for Care
Publication date:
01 January 2019


This report presents findings from an independent research study into lone working in the adult social care sector in England. The Health and Safety Executive defines lone workers as those “who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.”

Using that definition as its basis, this study has included the following adult social care roles within its scope:

  • domiciliary/home care workers
  • personal assistants (PAs)
  • live-in carers
  • supported living workers
  • drivers who are integral to a person’s/people’s care and support
  • remote workers who work on the same site
  • overnight workers (sleep-in and awake).