The Social Care Commitment is the adult social care sector's promise to provide people who need care and support with high quality services.
It is a Department of Health initiative that has been developed by the sector, so it is fit for purpose and makes a real difference to those who sign up. Made up of seven statements, with associated 'I will' tasks that address the minimum standards required when working in care, the commitment aims to both increase public confidence in the care sector and raise workforce quality in adult social care.
Any employees and employers in adult social care can make the commitment, including volunteers. An employer or organisation makes their commitment first and then encourages their employees and subsidiaries to do the same, so the whole workforce is working towards improving quality and raising standards.
Employees can be signed up using the employee assisted sign up tool. This is great for those who don’t have an email address as sign up can be done by their employer. Once logged in, a step-by-step guide is available to show you how to do this.
Making the commitment involves agreeing to the seven statements and selecting tasks to help put those statements into practice. Tasks cover activities such as recruiting the right staff, having a thorough induction, ensuring a strong culture that values dignity and respect and effective communication. Doing the tasks provides an official record of work done, which can raise job satisfaction and increase staff confidence.
You may look through each of the statements for employers and employees using the links below:
When you sign up, you will be given the Social Care Commitment logo to use on your marketing material, so that you can endorse your care services.
You will also be given three free resources to help you - one for you, one for your employees and a Social Care Commitment flipbook containing all the statements and tasks for both in one place.
Further resources can be found here.
Signing up to the Social Care Commitment is quick and easy.
Your commitment will have a long lasting and positive impact, both in the workplace and for those who need care and support.