Embrace diversity

website-landing-diversity(2)This October we're embracing diversity in the adult social care sector – from recruiting a diverse workforce and developing future leaders, to supporting workers to provide support to deliver individual person-centred care. 

We'll be sharing resources, guides and advice each week to help develop understanding and confidence of caring for a diverse range of people, so workers are equipped with the knowledge to provide safe and compassionate care for everyone. 

Join the conversation on social media using #EmbraceDiversity

What does diversity mean?

Diversity simply means understanding that each individual is unique and recognising our own individual differences. It's important that everyone, no matter their background, race, disability, religion or sexual orientation is given the opportunity to:

  • work and progress in the care sector 
  • be met by their individual care needs. 

Sharon Allen, Skills for Care CEO, says:

We all need to be comfortable with diversity and welcoming of diversity, thinking about people who might come from a different background to ourselves, whether that’s a different background because of racial origin or class or disability or sexual orientation or any of the other things that can divide us and also make our society so rich and fulfilling. 

If we are going to provide people with genuinely relationship based person-centred care, diversity has to be at the heart of that. And it also has to be at the heart of the way that we employ our colleagues and the relationships between us as we work together to provide care and support for citizens.

 

Week one: Confident with difference

Article: 'Confident with difference: why it's important' 

We’ve been funded by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to run a project around diversity, with a particular focus on sexuality and cultural diversity. Hear all about our recent event in Bradford. Find more 'Confident with difference' events happening this October here

 

Week two: Best practice

Video: 'Opening Doors to the older LGBT community'

Opening Doors London is a charity that provides services and support to the older LGBT community. The work they do encourages those from the community to live freely, engage with others and, most importantly, be themselves. We spoke with their Director Alice Wallace about the amazing work they do - and what more can be done to ensure we're all confident with difference. 

Article: 'Be proud of your diverse workforce' 

A diverse workforce can be a real asset. Neil Taylor, Vice Chair of Skills for Care and interim CEO of Langdon disability charity, asks social care leaders: how can we overcome recruitment and retention diversity challenges?

 

Week three: Diversity in recruitment

Case studies: 'Recruiting people from all kinds of backgrounds – learn from others' 

Jeanine Willoughby, Project Manager for Recruitment and Retention, tells us why it's important to recruit people from all kinds of backgrounds. Find out how three other organisations have embraced diversity in their recruitment. 

Blog: 'Supporting hard-to-reach people to kick-start their career in care'

Joanne McDonagh, Business Development Team Leader, tells us about the work the Growth Company is doing to help people with a genuine passion for care to find work, regardless of their past or background.

 

Week four: Diversity in leadership

Blog: 'Stepping up with the Moving Up programme' 

The Moving Up programme encourages those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background to develop themselves and progress into leadership positions. We hear from Maria Hamood, who recently completed the programme. She offers an insight into why she undertook it, what she has gained and why she thinks other people should get involved.

Article: 'Tackling adult social care's deficit in diverse leaders'

One of the greatest strengths of our 1.47-million-strong adult social care workforce is its diversity, and the way we reflect the communities and people we serve. Our Chief Executive, Sharon Allen, shares her thoughts on our sector’s deficit of BAME leaders in our latest Guardian article.

Article: 'Dementia doesn't discriminate, no neither should we'

The Equalities Act 2010 means that services have a legal duty to address the needs of BAME and LGBT people affected by dementia, so if you work in an organisation that doesn’t currently care for people from these backgrounds, the changing demographics of the UK population today means you probably soon will. Here we share some tips from our ‘Dementia and diversity’ guide.   

 

Week five: A diverse month

Blog: 'A diverse month' 

As we come to the end of our diversity month, our CEO Sharon Allen reflects on what we've learned about diversity and the role we all have to play going forward in her closing blog.