Wandsworth in pilot scheme to encourage diversity in social care
Published: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Wandsworth Council has been chosen to help pilot a new scheme to improve the diversity of senior staff in adults and children’s social care.
It will be one of the first boroughs to take part in, and help develop, a new national Workforce Race Equality Standard.
The move follows a report last year from charity Skills for Care, which helps recruit, develop and lead social care staff. This revealed that although Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff form a substantial part of the national social care workforce, this diversity was not reflected in senior management positions in the industry.
Wandsworth will be one of 18 boroughs involved in developing and reviewing race and diversity policies, practice and procedures, including recruitment and selection, professional development opportunities and support with progression. This will result in new practice and guidance tools to ensure that under-represented groups are able to grow and develop in social care.
Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Clare Salier said: "It is vital that the people leading our Adult Social Care teams reflect the rest of the staff, clients and the residents of the borough as a whole. We want our workforce to be diverse, and to know that, if you have the talent and drive to succeed, you will be supported to develop your career.
Cabinet member for education and children’s services, Cllr Will Sweet said: “The aim of this pilot scheme is to take a good look at our policies and understand any barriers to greater diversity. Ultimately it will help lead the way for other councils so that vulnerable children can benefit from the very best care.”
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