A decade of cuts has set back diversity in the public sector | Jane Dudman | Society | The Guardian


Ian Thomas is used to tough jobs. The former children’s services director at Rotherham council is now chief executive of Lewisham, a London borough facing huge financial pressure, including a £15.6m overspend on children’s services.

Only two areas of public service better reflect the UK population: social work and the NHS. Latest figures show that around one-fifth of social workers and NHS staff are from BAME backgrounds, although given that 42% of medics are not white, diversity in non-clinical NHS jobs is very much lower.

The lack of diversity is even more acute at senior levels. Judges, senior civil servants, chief constables and NHS chief executives are still predominantly white. In local government, according to last year’s Colour of Power report, none of the 108 chief executives of England’s largest councils was a BAME person.

 

Source: A decade of cuts has set back diversity in the public sector | Jane Dudman | Society | The Guardian

‘Following recent terror attacks, social work must re-evaluate its approach to radicalisation’


A social worker shares concerns about radicalisation, Prevent, and its focus on muslims rather than on far-right groups

Source: ‘Following recent terror attacks, social work must re-evaluate its approach to radicalisation’

Forcing constant change on social workers risks an illusion of progress | Community Care


Relentless drives to reform our profession could be moving us further away from what matters to those we support, writes Social Work Tutor

Source: Forcing constant change on social workers risks an illusion of progress | Community Care

Hidden workforce – Maggie’s story | Social care


“It starts with a weekly shop and taking your parents to the odd hospital appointment, and then there are more and more appointments,” explains Maggie Sanderson, one of a group of carers involved in

Source: Hidden workforce – Maggie’s story | Social care