A scheme to help councils protect staff social care staff from harassment or discrimination because of their gender has been published by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
The gender equality scheme promotes equality between men and women and details how the regulator will meets its responsibilities under the gender equality duty for its staff and for people who use social care services. It includes information and training for care workers on gender equality.
Around 85% of the social care workforce are women and half of those work part-time. The majority of women work in low-pay roles with older people and adults with disabilities, while most men work in central, strategic or headquarters roles or in day care, according to figures cited by the CSCI.
Paul Snell, CSCI’s chief inspector, said: “Modern social care services should embrace diversity, and to make a difference to individual lives, they need to be inclusive, accessible and appropriate. This scheme will help to stamp out bad practice and harassment.”