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.
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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
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
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.
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
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.
Week four: diversity in leadership
The Moving Up programme encourages those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background to develop themselves and progress into leadership positions.
Check back here on Monday 22 October to hear from a previous delegate of the programme, and how it's helped them realise their potential.
Week five: have we embraced diversity?
Our CEO Sharon Allen will give her final thoughts on diversity. She will be summarising what we've learned during the month, and how we can use this knowledge and insight going forward.
Check back here on Tuesday 30 October.