The regulation of social care: Improving the treatment of workers through regulatory law

Care Initiative

Wednesday 26 January 2022   18:00


Professor Lydia Hayes


Virtual Event

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About the event

Professor Hayes will present new research, undertaken during the pandemic, showing that care safety and job quality in care settings are inseparable. The findings point to failures in the regulation of care provision. Job quality indicators, highly relevant to the objective of care safety, were being ignored or marginalised by providers and inspectors. Professor Hayes will make the case that existing regulatory law provides the social care sector with a framework of sector-specific employment standards. Better understanding of the potential of regulatory law could help organisations that represent either employers or workers to improve terms and conditions of work as an inseparable element of the quality of care.

About the speaker

Professor Lydia Hayes is the Head of Kent Law School, University of Kent and Principal Investigator of Social Care Regulation @Work.

Professor Hayes writes about how law shapes working lives. She is a feminist scholar who focuses on the socio-legal impact of minimum labour standards and basic employment rights. Her research blends detailed doctrinal analysis with qualitative social science methods.

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Type: Lectures and Seminars