Care and Housing Employers Together for Refugees

The NCF has been working in association with the Care Provider Alliance, and a wide range of partners and expertise from across national and local government, housing colleagues, recruitment specialists, legal and immigration experts and regulators, to understand how to provide a meaningful employment opportunity for those displaced from Ukraine and other parts of the world and finding a home within the UK.

The intention is to bring together a clear and supported set of job opportunities for those coming from Ukraine, or other countries, who wish to be employed in the social care sector. Working closely with Cohesion, recruitment experts in the sector, the intention is to pull together jobs suitable for displaced people from around the world, co-located alongside a map outlining wider local support, in order that people who arrive wanting to work within the care sector can quickly identify employers who are keen to enable jobs and support.

The broader support for people displaced from Ukraine through the Homes for Ukrainians scheme is still emerging. Local government is taking an important role in how local support will work, with their specific roles and responsibilities still emerging, and so we hope that this particular initiative can work alongside that. Whilst this goes on, employers and partners can work together to ensure that for those who wish to work, that there is a clear set of opportunities available that recognise not only the desire to work, but the need to be connected into wider community and pastoral support.

There will be opportunities available in the very near future for care and support employers to share details of available opportunities, which we hope will be tied into the broader communications for displaced people arriving in England. If you are interested in finding out more about this project, or have expertise or perspectives to share, then please do contact [email protected]

We are aware that there are other core areas where providers want to offer support, including those wanting to offer help to Ukrainians and displaced people from other parts of the world needing care and support, those who can assist with vetting and matching, and those who have a housing solution. We are working with other partners, to understand how most effectively the sector can be engaged in these areas too.

Helpful links and resources

BOOK NOW. Modern Slavery Awareness training for care employers Tuesday 7th June, 1.30pm-3.00pm.  Free 90 minute online workshop from Hestia, hosted by Skills for Care and NCF. This workshop is specifically designed for those in frontline managerial roles and HR in adult social care interested in understanding more about modern slavery in the UK today and helping to identify when someone might be a victim of modern slavery. This will run 3 more times. Register HERE for Tuesday 7th June, 1.30pm-3.00pm

Skills for Care’s Framework on Modern Slavery

CQC recruitment guidance and best practice: Update for Adult Social Care providers – issued 23/05/22:

CQC would like to remind providers of their guidance, good practice and resources relevant for recruiting staff. Registered providers are expected to apply the same processes for staff recruited from abroad (including refugees) as they would for staff recruited in England.  

Regulation 19 – Fit and proper persons employed 
To meet Regulation 19, providers must operate robust recruitment procedures, including undertaking any relevant checks.   

CQC recruitment checks – Frequently Asked Questions
Our FAQs help providers understand what is required to meet Regulation 19.  

Guidance on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks – Section 23
Providers must do all they can to ensure that people they appoint from overseas are suitable to work with adults who use care services and/or children.   The DBS cannot access criminal records held overseas. However, it is still recommended that you undertake DBS checks for workers from overseas in case a person is barred, has a criminal record in the UK, or comes from a country where the DBS does have information sharing agreements. If you wish to check their overseas criminal record, contact the relevant foreign embassy.   

Guide to safe staffing
Skills for Care’s Guide to safe staffing uses an analysis of CQC inspection reports to help you understand what ‘good’ looks like so you can learn from best practice.  

Government Information:

DBS – latest update from the Home Office (issued 10/05/22): Ukrainian citizens can apply via the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, section electronic administrative services, for extract of information “Information record on criminal prosecution and criminal record in Ukraine”. The requested information will be emailed to them. To apply for such service the Ukrainian citizen will need an electronic signature. After receiving an extract in Ukrainian language they will need to apply for a letter from the Embassy of Ukraine, which will confirm the information in the extract in English language and could be used in the UK. The embassy has confirmed that this is still operational.

Guidance for businesses offering work to people coming from Ukraine (issued 06/05/22) provides guidance for businesses considering making offers of employment to people coming to the UK from Ukraine.

Home Office webinars (April/May 2022):  Ukraine: Guidance for Employers and Landlords – These were not sector specific webinars but the Home Office have said they are planning sector specific webinars at a later date. The Ukraine events held were very well attended ( over the 3 events there were over 12000 attendees), and the Home Office will provide a Q&A document shortly.

Homes for Ukrainians scheme

Guidance for Councils detailing safeguarding and accommodation checks.

Welcome Guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK

Employers Guide to Right to Work Checks from the Home Office has been updated to reflect the change in legislation which came into force on 6 April 2022. Within the guidance there has been an updated Annex F added on Ukraine (page 64-67 of the Guide), to support employers seeking guidance on what documentation Ukrainian nationals will need to prove their right to work.

Safe and Fair Recruitment:

NEW Jobs Board – Please advertise your jobs for Ukrainians, and other displaced people, resettling in the UK here  .  This is free of charge for any employer to advertise their vacancies and setting up a profile is a simple process.  This Jobs Board links to an interactive map that will signpost people to local support.  Traffic is going to the site already and we plan to share this with networks where displaced people will be looking for jobs.  A great big thank you to Cohesion Recruitment for all their work in making this happen. 

The DWP and the Refugee Employment Network have a form for employers to complete of jobs available to offer to people arriving from Afghanistan or Ukraine.

NHSEI’s Ensuring Good Quality Resettlement Support and Pastoral Care for Refugee Nurses

NCF International recruitment contains information about the background to the points-based immigration system and useful resources about the changes to international recruitment of care workers in the UK. Skills for Care guidance from the Home Office and DHSC to support providers across adult social care to recruit from overseas ethically

Vodafone are offering free connectivity to 200,000 refugees arriving in the UK from Ukraine through its charities.connected initiative. Registered charities can apply for the free connectivity, in the form of SIM cards with 20GB data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months here. are a charity that offer direct assistance to Ukrainians who successfully receive visas, from funded travel, supplies on arrival and tailored employment opportunities for long-term sustainable support. offer assistance to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and refugees . Since the full-scale invasion in February 2022 our main focus has been providing essential medical aid to Ukraine.

Trauma Treatment International’s expert team of clinical psychologists has put together some top tips to take a trauma-informed approach to guests which might be helpful for employers.