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By Debbie le Quesne

A new commitment that’s a moral duty

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Backed by CQC and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the new Social Care Commitment is gathering support.

Care Tech Community Services, a family of companies providing support across the whole social care spectrum for children and adults below retirement age, have recently invested in video footage to promote the initiative.

And my email basket is also slowly getting more and more ‘SCC’ related material, but I’m still awaiting the big national rolling out of the initiative. Perhaps it’s passed me by. . .

Yesterday saw a Skills for Care event – Social Care Commitment Call to Action – in London, so this must be something worth pursuing with some vigour.

As I understand the aim is to get the many and varied streams of care singing from the same hymn sheet, something which I have long campaigned for.

Basically, the Social Care Commitment is the sector’s promise to provide people who need care and support with safe, high-quality services.

In order to make the commitment, employers, care workers and carers sign up to a series of seven statements that focus on values and behaviours and pledge to complete tasks that support the statements.

The tasks are easy to do and focus on areas such as induction processes, recruiting the right people and learning and development.

Once a care provider has signed up they will be given a ‘Learning through Work’ resource which will help embed the commitment in the workforce.

From December 2013, once a CQC registered care provider has signed up to the commitment, the public will be able to see this on the NHS Choices profile. At the same time the public will be able to search the Social Care Commitment website and see which organisations have signed up, including any non-CQC registered providers.

Support for training, empowering carers and helping to establish high quality care ticks so many of the boxes with the West Midlands Care Association.

But for me the crucial area is one of building a greater platform of trust towards the care sector.

So regularly we are embattled by the media – and often unfairly so – that public confidence is bound to be shaken.

Anything that helps redress this situation is welcome. Every employer has a moral duty to ever push for better standards in caring. If, by becoming part of this commitment we can enhance public perception of the care sector and improve joined up thinking on care, we really must sign on the dotted line.

For more information and to sign up visit  www.thesocialcarecommitment.org.uk.

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