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Social workers asked to share their views on equality, diversity, inclusion and the impact of racism

Surveys launched to help the sector get a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion

Social workers asked to share their views on equality, diversity, inclusion and the impact of racism

6/22/2021 10:14:15 AM

Social workers across England are being urged to complete two surveys to help the sector get a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and the impact of racism.

Specialist regulator Social Work England is asking social workers to help them build a more accurate picture of the workforce by completing new questions on their online registration accounts. At the same time, the regulator has joined a collaboration of social work organisations which is urging social workers to complete a major anti-racism survey about their views and experiences.

Sarah Blackmore, executive directive of strategy, policy and engagement at Social Work England, said,

“One of the biggest missing pieces in the development of the social work sector is data. We all know that so much more needs to be done to properly address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, tackle racism and promote anti-racism. To do this properly we need to understand the size and shape of the challenge and one of our objectives as the regulator is to work in partnership with social workers and organisations to gather this vital evidence.”

The Anti-Racist Social Work Steering group is led by representatives from the Principal Social Workers networks for both adults and children and families, What Works for Children’s Social Care and Social Work England. Its anti-racism survey aims to understand the prevalence, impact and general awareness of racism in social work. Social workers of all ethnicities, working in different positions and sectors, are being encouraged to complete it so that it can inform an action plan on next steps for the profession.    

Anna Bacchoo, Director of Practice, What Works for Children's Social Care, said,

“We are delighted to be partnering with the PSW Network and Social Work England to bring this survey to social workers. Data from the survey will help us understand experiences of racism in the profession and what we can do collectively to address it. Being anti-racist is everyone’s responsibility so we hope the survey will be shared and completed by as many social workers as possible.”

Social Work England is asking everyone on its register to complete equality and diversity information in a new section on their online registration account. This is a voluntary request for information to help the regulator collect data that will help to continue to provide services lawfully and respectfully.

The survey will also enable the regulator to analyse, understand and, if necessary, revise rules, systems, and policies to identify any trends or differences in outcomes for people with protected characteristics.

Social Work England’s survey will be a permanent feature in social worker’s online accounts and enable them to update their equality and diversity data at any time.

Complete the survey here and update your online account here.

Watch our video to meet the Anti-Racist Social Work Steering Group.

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