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To think speaking English 'well' may not be necessary for carers?

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SameDifference Sat 03-Aug-13 18:29:43

My latest blog post covers the immigration debate from the point of view of this immigrant who grew up in Britain, and Chris Bryant's example of carers needing to be able to speak English well.

I don't think speaking English well is as necessary for carers as it is for other immigrants. Here's why:

zatyaballerina Sun 04-Aug-13 14:51:53

Of course it's necessary they speak a good standard of English to do their job properly. Communication is essential, as is being able to read and understand instructions for medication etc.

creighton Sun 04-Aug-13 16:44:02

people need to speak good English for their own benefit even if they can carry out their 'duties' as dumb mutes. being servants/carers to other people is only part of their existence.

gordyslovesheep Sun 04-Aug-13 16:56:48

at 16 you would have not been allowed to do any personal care - so I am not suprised you feel caring is just ironing and making tea - actual real care work is more complex and requires good communication skills

insancerre Sun 04-Aug-13 17:00:04

for all the reasons already listed
looking at it from a different angle, here is what the law says about caring for young children
from the EYFS
*Providers must ensure that staff have sufficient understanding and use
of English to ensure the well-being of children in their care. For example
settings must be in a position to keep records in English, to liaise with otheragencies in English, to summon emergency help, and to understand
instructions such as those for the safety of medicines or food hygiene*

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