Skills for Care

How Skills for Care is supporting the drive towards a more diverse future

07 Feb 2022

5 min read

  • Culture and diversity
  • Skills for Care
  • Leadership

Our Director of Operations Tricia Pereira discusses the strategic work that Skills for Care is doing to support positive change for equality, diversity, and inclusion across social care.

Equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of Skills for Care’s four-year strategy. We want to lead by example in making positive change to support participation and representation at all levels for everyone working across the social care workforce.

In 2020, ahead of creating our new strategy, we conducted research with black, Asian, and ethnic minority people working in social care which found that respondents expressed a clear desire and need for Skills for Care to increase our profile in this area.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic people account for one in five of the adult social care workforce in England, and play a vital role in the day-to-day care of people in our communities.

Therefore, it’s important to us that there’s equity among everybody working in social care, so that people feel valued for the work that they do, are motivated to build lifelong careers in care, and also have the choice to develop and progress in their careers.

Through speaking at national events, to our other communications with providers including our website, our newsletters, our local networks, and our connections with the sector media, we encourage employers to adopt positive and compassionate workplace cultures, and representative Boards and Trustees.

One of our strengths at Skills for Care is our use of data to bring about change, and this is something that we’re applying to supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

We’ve developed the Social Care Workforce Race Equality Standards (SC-WRES), which are being tested in 18 local authorities and with the Chief Social Workers office, we have been successful in ensuring the continued roll-out of the SC-WRES by it being included in the Department of Health and Social Care’s social care reform white paper.

You can find out more about our work around supporting equality, diversity, and inclusion and our resources for social care providers on our website.

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