Diversity – Strengthening Social Care’s Leadership
The social workforce is incredibly diverse with people working in front line roles from different nationalities, ethnicities and sexualities.
However, out of a 1.55-million-strong adult social care workforce, only six percent of board roles at large care providers are performed by leaders from a black or minority ethnic (BAME) background, for example.
Raising this proportion is not just about equality, but also quality.
To deliver sensitive, bespoke services in places with diverse populations like Birmingham and London, care providers need to understand the people they’re trying to serve.
Furthermore, someone looking for care from a BAME or LGBT background is more likely to choose a provider that is led – not just delivered – by people of similar backgrounds. Current racial tensions have once again highlighted the lack of career progression experienced by many minorities – whether that be related to ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.
Too often the burden to promote diversity falls on existing health and social care leaders who are from minorities. Some are calling for legislation to make a real difference.