This briefing from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) provides an update on the use of NMDS-SC across the social care sector. The NMDS-SC has received data from almost 27,000 care-providing locations (across statutory and independent employers) and has individual worker data for approximately 750,000 workers spread across the 152 local authority areas in England. Although the data is primarily from social care providers for adults it also has data submitted by children’s services. Most local authorities have submitted data as the NMDS-SC has now replaced the previous local authority workforce return. The high level of accurate workforce data now available for adult social care, including from local authorities, provides the Department of Health with the information they need to help plan and fund the social care sector.