“The findings of this survey are deeply concerning and lay bare the devastating consequences of a social care system that is broken and underfunded.
“This should be a wakeup call for government not to delay any longer in setting out how it proposes to tackle the crisis in how we care for older and disabled people.
“Social workers do an amazing job day in day out, in often very difficult and challenging circumstances. They are on the frontline of the social care crisis and sadly witness first-hand the human costs of this, as the survey shows.
“We need to recruit and, crucially, retain an adequately resourced workforce for the sector. Part of the response to this challenge must be about raising awareness of the importance and value of social care and making care work an attractive career path.
“Councils are doing all they can to provide quality and safe social care but these services are now at a tipping point.
“Social care faces an annual £2.3 billion funding gap by 2020. We urgently need a long term sustainable solution in social care, and it is vital government addresses this through its forthcoming consultation.”