Thursday 26 January 2023

Do we care about carers?

The experiences of social care workers

Social care is a large and important part of the UK economy, and will be a growing one with an ageing population and rising ill-health. But it is often also a lower paid one, with funding challenges, staff shortages and a history of risks around minimum wage underpayment. Workers wrestle with these challenges, alongside the benefits of a job that for many is a real vocation, with close relationships with clients and flexibility often valued.

What do workers see as the benefits and disadvantages of social care work? Which aspects of care work influence worker recruitment and retention? How successfully are workers’ rights enforced in the social care sector? And where should the priorities be for policymakers and employers looking to improve the quality of social care jobs?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an event to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of the key highlights from new research on the experiences of social care workers – supported by Unbound Philanthropy and drawing on focus groups with social care workers – we will hear from leading experts on how to confront the challenges facing the social care sector.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.