Learning disabilities charity welcomes APPG for Social Care report on the social care workforce
Hft, a UK charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has welcomed the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Care’s report into the professionalisation of the social care workforce.
Evidence submitted by the charity, which included statistics from Hft’s annual Sector Pulse Check survey and their accreditation as a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence, were mentioned throughout the APPG’s final report.
Billy Davis, Public Affairs and Policy Manager commented: “The publication of this report on Professional Care Workers Day highlights just how much more work needs to be done to make social care a valued career.
“The APPG cited figures from our Sector Pulse Check showing that 80% of providers say low wage is the biggest barrier to recruiting and retaining staff. However, our survey also showed that 85% of employees join the sector to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable adults. We need to reward that passion by providing improved wages and a clear pathway for career progression and professional development.
“Hft welcomes the committee’s recommendations – particularly the creation of a national council for England to help accredit qualifications and professional standards for the social care sector. We look forward to working with the APPG members, and others in the sector, to making that council a reality.”