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Equality and diversity

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It’s important to ensure that everyone has equal access to care and support and that equality is demonstrated in the behaviours of all staff.

We all have a role in promoting the development of care and support that is personal, fair and diverse.

The common core strategic principles for equality and diversity provide a framework to support adult social care leaders in  consistently making sure that equality and diversity issues are central to strategic decision-making and embedded at all levels of your organisation.

Organisations supporting social care delivery, including Skills for Care, have signed up to five principles that underpin how we put equality and diversity at the heart of their practice and operations.

Our Endorsed Provider directory includes recommended training providers who offer training in this topic area. 

Our guide includes a section around induction related training and equality and diversity awareness training.

The section includes what generally should be covered by the training, who should deliver the training, how competence should be signed off, recommended resources and what formal qualifications could be considered.

The Moving Up BAME leaders programme was developed because we need a more representative leadership profile in the sector.

If you’re from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background and are in a social care leadership role, this programme will benefit you. The course is particularly relevant for service managers, registered managers, heads of service and operational managers. Find out more about this programme.

If you're interested in data about how diverse our workforce is, you might like to know about the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC).

You can access reports and briefings and more information about this on our adult social care data pages.

If you want to interrogate the data for yourself or are looking for something specific, you can use the open access dashboards and visit the workforce demographics section.

QSocial care employers: Have you heard of the: Workforce Race Equality Standards (WRES)?
QIf yes, do you use it to self-assess on this agenda?