The murder of George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed, have shone a spotlight on racial inequalities within social work and highlighted the need for action to tackle them.
This panel discussion will explore what needs to change and the potential for initiatives launched in the past year to make a difference to practitioners from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups. Attend this session to:
- Understand more about the causes of racial inequalities within the workforce and how they affect practitioners from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups.
- Learn what is being done to tackle these inequalities, through initiatives including the workforce race equality standard (WRES) and Anti-racism Steering Group, and with what effect.
- Understand the value of dedicated anti-racist roles in bringing about progress, both within the workforce and in working with the diverse communities social workers serve.
Ahmina Akhtar, head of equality, diversity and inclusion, Social Work England
Millie Kerr, anti-racist lead practitioner, Brighton & Hove City Council
Shantel Thomas, anti-racist lead, British Association of Social Workers