5 ways to promote equality as a social worker

It’s Black History Month and here at Social Personnel we’re helping to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in social care. In this blog, we discuss how social workers can get involved and advocate for change, as well as helpful resources to check out.

 

1.Complete the equality & diversity monitoring section on your online Social Work England account

Social Work England are asking social workers to answer questions on equality and diversity when they renew their registration between September and December. It says this data will be used to help them build an accurate picture of the workforce and ‘ensures that the regulator’s policies and processes are fair and equal to everyone.’

2. Attend webinars

Expand your understanding of black culture and learn more about how people’s background can influence their past experiences, future aspirations, relationships and their care and support needs.  

3. Speak out 

Challenge inequality by speaking out and educating anyone who is racially discriminative.  No one likes to cause conflict at work, but as a social worker it is your responsibility to protect people (including yourself and your colleagues). It is paramount to create a work culture where everyone is respected and treated equally. Regardless of whether it’s coming from a colleague, manager or end-client, discriminatory behaviour should never be tolerated and you have a moral duty to call it out. Stay professional and calmly explain why that ‘joke’/comment/action was not acceptable. You may wish to escalate the issue with HR if it is an ongoing problem or if the confrontation doesn’t work. 

4. Go on training courses

As a social carer it is likely you’ll be working with people from a variety of backgrounds and so it is important that you possess cultural awareness and give all of your clients equal opportunities. Attending training courses is a great way to ensure you are creating a safe and equal environment for both your colleagues and service users. In addition to learning how to prevent, react to and recognise discrimination, going to training courses will count as a part of your CPD training – it’s a win-win situation!

5. Peer learning

Being in an open environment where you can learn from your colleagues is a useful approach to enhancing your understanding of diversity issues. Not only will you benefit from hearing about people’s personal experiences, but also their professional experiences – e.g. how do your colleagues challenge discriminatory behaviour at work? What actionable insights can you take from this? 

We hope this quick guide was useful in developing your skills and expertise to better support your service users and your colleagues in the workplace. 

 

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