The recruitment and retention of black and minority ethnic workers within the field of social care

The recruitment and retention of black and minority ethnic workers within the field of social care

Funded by Department of Health, 2002-2005

For further information, please contact Ratna Dutt.

What were the aims of the project?

Large numbers of social workers, including a high proportion of black and minority ethnic workers, are currently leaving the profession, because of issues including:

  • low morale
  • impossible workloads
  • lack of supervision
  • health problems
  • scapegoating.

The project aimed to support local authorities and other social care agencies to develop better practice in the recruitment and retention of black and minority ethnic workers.

How was this aim fulfilled?

We supported the recruitment and retention of black and minority ethnic social care workers by:

  • identifying and facilitating the development of support groups, in London and across the UK
  • establishing partnerships with black and minority ethnic organisations and individuals, including the National Black Membership Organiser of Unison and the Association of Black Social Workers and Allied Professions
  • promoting good working practice to social care organising, highlighting, in particular, relevant provisions within the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000
  • collating good practice and developing a mentoring framework.

Conferences and workshops

Key elements from the black and minority ethnic workers workforce project were also disseminated to the social care sector through regional workshops and a national conference.

What we produced