Black History Month 2021

It’s vital that the adult social care workforce reflects the society we live in, and that people feel included and treated equally. 

During #BlackHistoryMonth2021 we want to recognise and celebrate the workers in adult social care from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.   

The strength of social care is in celebrating, valuing, and recognising what makes people unique and supporting them to overcome challenges. 

Resources supporting the sector to embrace diversity:   

  • Confident with difference supports teams to develop an inclusive and confident approach to diversity. It aims to allow you and your team to consider how well you currently embrace diversity and what you could do to improve. It consists of five short films with supporting activities; four are for managers and leaders to use with their teams and one film is aimed specifically at managers and organisation leaders.  

  • Moving Up is a learning programme supporting leaders from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to progress in their career. It supports those who have the desire and drive to progress in their career but are facing blockages and resistance preventing them from doing so. By empowering people to make changes, the Moving Up programme has had a significant impact on the participants who’ve taken part over the last 11 years.  

  • Supporting the diverse workforce area features blogs and webinars to support leaders and managers from diverse backgrounds, discussing key issues and real working scenarios from people within ethnic minority communities working across adult social care. 

Being Black in #SocialCare beyond Black History Month

As Black History month has now drawn to a close we wanted to share ‘Being Black in #SocialCare beyond Black History Month’. Dudley Sawyer, a driver for change within the adult social care sector who’s passionate about diversity and inclusion, leads a conversation with Deanna Berry, Victoria Oladosu and Janet Morgan discussing Black History Month and what it means to them; bBack role models who inspire them; how to attract more Black people into the sector and how Black people can be celebrated in social care.

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The speakers

  • Dudley Sawyer, Care Consultant and Business Strategist at People Care Services.
  • Deanna Berry, Social Care Practitioner working with Children and Family Services.
  • Victoria Oladosu, Care Manager at Hallmark Care Homes.
  • Janet Morgan, Psychiatric Nurse.

Blogs 

What our Moving Up programme looks like for 2021/22

Our Moving Up programme is open again this year to support people with Black, Asian & diverse backgrounds to take the next step in their career.

"I personally know staff who have been on the programme and they speak highly of the programme."

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Support for promoting equality and diversity among social care teams

Supporting equality and diversity among the social care sector is a core element of our strategy and all our work. 

Having a social care sector which is reflective of the communities which it provides care and support to, can also mean improved levels of care and support for those who need it.

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How Skills for Care's Moving Up Programme helped me to move up

Karl Livingston, Development Manager – Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic Groups, at London Borough of Lambeth, reflects on how our Moving Up programme helped him to take the next step in his career:

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Sharing my lived experience of working in social care

Steven Onasanya, an assessor at Lambeth Council Adult Social Care, shares his experiences and insights of diversity and equality in the sector:

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Celebrating Black History Month in October

Our CEO Oonagh Smyth launches our Black History Month activity. "Equality, diversity, and inclusion is really important to us. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to learn about, remind ourselves and honour the accomplishments of Black Britons in our history – accomplishments that are very often forgotten." 

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