Council signs ethical care charter

Trafford Council has signed up to an ethical care charter, to ensure safety, quality and dignity for vulnerable people in care.

Members agreed to bring in the first phase of Unison’s Ethical Care Charter at a recent meeting of the local authority.

A signing ceremony then took place after the iESE awards presentation at Lancashire Cricket Club.

The initiative includes commitments that staff will be paid for travel time, expenses and have opportunities to meet together to avoid isolation.

Staff will also receive regular free training, and there will be a clear and accountable process for them to raise any concerns.

Cllr Jo Harding, Executive Member for Adult Social Care, said:

We are committed to drive up standards and quality across the homecare and residential care sector. It’s vital that people are treated with dignity, with a wide range of services and treatments available to them. Signing up to the charter shows our commitment to them and our determination to make our borough a great place for everyone to live in, irrespective of their age or circumstances.”

Cllr Harding added:

I’ve visited many care services and witnessed the amazing work carried out by care workers. They work so hard to care for residents and deserve our support to ensure quality care can be delivered. I’m looking forward to the council working with and encouraging care providers we work with to drive up quality even further, and ensure care workers get the training, pay and support that they deserve.”

Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis said:

Trafford should be congratulated for signing up to our ethical care charter. Our ethical care charter is leading the way in highlighting the importance of care work. Making this commitment to decent employment conditions for care workers is vital for improving the quality of life for the people they look after.”
Posted on Friday 7th June 2019