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Monday, 11 July 2016

Applications open for ethnic minority social care leadership programme

Written by The Editorial Team
Skills for Care have announced they are now accepting expressions of interest for the Moving Up leadership programme, which is for black, Asian and minority ethnic social care leaders.

Currently, the leadership profile of the social care sector does not reflect the diversity of British culture. Those in management positions in social care from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds say they struggle to make it into senior positions in social care, and the statistics of the sector reflect this struggle.

Moving Up has been developed to give these managers the tools they need to progress in their careers, helping managers to analyse their leadership style, push their boundaries and form a network of peer support.

The programme helps social care leaders to:

  • develop leadership potential as a social care professional
  • extend capabilities to lead in a complex and changing environment
  • increase confidence and leadership knowledge
  • develop the ability to network at all levels
  • develop and utilise networks of both formal and informal support.

Beatrice Kiragu, who was part of the last cohort of learners, said that she felt she used to struggle to be taken seriously when she was trying to communicate.

“It frustrated me and made me feel like I wasn’t adequate. Now my staff are listening to me more and they’re respecting me, because I have learnt that I need to be sensitive when I deliver supervisions with my team or when I ask them to do something.”

For more information, visit the Skills for Care leadership programmes page.