We would like to encourage social worker members to complete two surveys launched by the professional regulator Social Work England to develop a better understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and the impact of racism. UNISON has monthly meetings with SWE and will follow up with them on the results of the surveys.
The first survey is a new feature on the Social Work England online account registration page. Social workers are being asked to provide further information voluntarily on equality and diversity to supplement the registration details already held. This survey will be a permanent feature on a social worker’s online account, and they will be able to update their equality and diversity data at any time.
The second survey is a social worker anti-racism survey launched by the Anti-Racist Social Work steering group – led by representatives from the Principal Social Worker networks for both adults and children and families, What Works for Children’s Social Care and Social Work England. The survey aims to understand the prevalence, impact and general awareness of racism in social work. Social workers of all ethnicities, working in different positions and sectors, are being encouraged to complete the survey.
Please note this is an external survey so terminology such as ‘Black Asian & minority ethnic’ is the survey usage.