What do we know about the role of arts in the delivery of social care?

This research report commissioned by The Baring Foundation, Creative and Cultural Skills, and Skills for Care, explores the role of arts in the delivery of adult social care with a particular emphasis of workforce development.


The research report demonstrates the considerable physical and psychological benefits of using arts with people in receipt of social care. It shows that the use of arts can also deliver profound benefits for the social care workforce, in particular challenging preconceptions on the abilities and talents of people with a range of conditions or needs.

The video below, produced by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), illustrates the key messages of the research report.