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Why are social care staff undervalued and misunderstood?

Research by the national learning disability charity FitzRoy has found that families of people with learning disabilities would get better services if social care staff were better recognised and appreciated

There is a baffling gulf between the status given to healthcare workers such as nurses, and the status given to care professionals at the front line of social care.

This disparity is having a direct impact on recruitment and retention of staff across social care, and creating big problems for those relying on our services.

Research by national learning disability charity FitzRoy into the problems facing families of people with learning disabilities ( Who will care after I’m gone? ) reveals the damaging impact a high turnover of staff has. It is killing trust in the system, while costing money and wasting resources.

A revolving door is leaving families deeply frustrated. Parents are worn down by a


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