Posted: 1 July 2020
Skills for Care is launching a survey, and a series of webinar and peer coaching, to find out more about the experiences of social care workers from a BAME background during the pandemic. Our Programme Manager for Leadership and Management Symone Stuart wants as many workers as possible to complete the survey.
We know that people from BAME backgrounds account for 1 in 5 of the social care workforce in England and research by Public Health England revealed that people of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean and Other Black ethnicity had between 10 and 50% higher risk of death when compared to White British.
To help us deliver the best possible support to workers from BAME backgrounds we need to know more about the direct impact on them across the sector.
The first step is a simple survey with questions to help clarify key issues and concerns for our sector. This may include mental health, recruitment and retention, the workforce, leadership and giving your team a voice when they need it most. I really hope that our BAME workers will fill out this survey as their feedback will be vital in shaping our response.
Once we have collated all the survey responses, we will running a series of free webinars examining the core issues identified in the survey. The webinars will be facilitated by Sophie Chester-Glynn, who as well as being a frontline employer, leads the popular weekly online discussion programme Chat for Carers.
Each webinar will feature a panel of BAME leaders with lived experiences and the discussion will focus on sharing understanding and generating ideas around the key issues.
Participants will explore their own experiences, hear good practice examples and pose questions to panel members. They will have the opportunity at a later date to delve deeper into some of these emerging themes during the peer coaching sessions.
This survey is just part of our response to the impact of COVID-19 on our sector, and given the vital role the BAME workforce plays in day to day care of people in our communities it is critical we know more so please do fill in the survey so your voice is heard.
⇨ Take part in the survey
If you would like to find out more about Sophie Chester-Glynn's website and online discussion programme Chat for Carers, please take a look at her website here