Care workers are responsible for people’s lives. The industry should professionalise to protect service users and workers
In the decade I’ve worked in frontline social care, I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me that anyone can do this job because it’s so easy. I explain to them that care workers are highly skilled professionals and that the job is hard, but extremely rewarding.
I strongly believe that professionalisation – registration, better training standards and development opportunities – is essential to ensure good quality care. If we want happy people receiving social care, we must professionalise and invest in the workforce.