New Directions has pledged to raise workforce quality of adult social care in its services by signing up to the Social Care Commitment (SCC). By making this promise, championed by Skills for Care, New Directions and its employees, including volunteers, can make a public declaration that they are committed to the core social care values. These minimum standard values include individuality, choice, privacy, respect, dignity, independence, partnership and rights for the people that the people with disabilities charity supports, their families and carers. New Directions has promised to provide full training and support to workers so that they can recognise and practice these values in their daily work.
By signing up to the SCC New Directions will be able to evidence best practice for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and increase public confidence in the care sector. Workers will sign up to the SCC and work toward completing tasks from seven “I will” statements. These tasks share positive values supporting Certificate In Care and adult social care qualifications, as well as structuring clear goals, inductions, supervisions and annual reviews.
As part of the registration process, New Directions has also identified tasks that our charity will achieve with timescales in areas identified as areas to develop. These include: recruiting the right staff, thorough induction, supporting skills, upholding standards, taking responsibility, effective supervision and supporting staff.
Human Resources Manager, Lorna Brindley said, “New Directions has made this commitment to SCC to provide evidence of the charity’s progress in reaching the high-quality standard of adult care that we aspire to provide to people with disabilities. We encourage our staff to sign up to receive a range of resources, identify their learning gaps, training needs and discover opportunities to develop. This commitment to social care values will have a constructive and ongoing impact for everyone working for and supported by our charity now and in the future.”