To consider the impact of race and racism on BME people involved in social work in Wales.
To examine racism and anti-racism in social work education.
To suggest useful practices in developing anti-racist social work in Wales.
When discussing BME people in Wales, it is important to recognise this ‘community’ is made up of a vast, culturally diverse, rich, uniquely distinguishable set of individuals and so we do not claim to speak for all of them. The ideas for this chapter come from our personal experiences
Practice teachers and anti-racist
social work practice
The previous two chapters have revealed the extent to which students
were dependent on the support of their practice teachers while on
placement, particularly in relation to developing and implementing
CCETSW’s anti-racist requirements. The evidence, however, revealed
that only a minority of students felt that their practice teachers were
receptive and sympathetic to anti-racist developments. Most others
were not confident that practice teachers had the knowledge, awareness
or understanding to
). It is only since 1965 that racism became illegal in the region, and several activist movements preceded BLM in an attempt to tackle those issues. Thus, BLM is not the first movement to raise awareness in this area, but a contemporary one that has benefited from the presence of social media that has increased its visibility ( Carney, 2016 ). In understanding the ethos and vision that underpin anti-racistpractice ( Townsend and McMahon, 2021 ), BLM provides a voice and insight to the needs of Black communities, as well as recognition of the changes required to
Implementing anti-racist learning
requirements – the importance of
the student/practice teacher
It became increasingly evident as interviews with students progressed
that the relationship with the practice teacher was the most important
factor in determining a student’s general experiences on placement,
and also their ability to address issues of ‘race’ and anti-racist social
work practice. As noted earlier, Paper 26.3 of the Rules and Regulations
for the Diploma in Social Work charged practice teachers with a
significant responsibility in
about anti-oppressive practice, which encompassed everything, not just racism. It’s just a minute part of the course, which doesn’t equip you” (BFG5). This participant acknowledges that their particular training did not equip them to practise in an anti-racist way once qualified. A similar sentiment is shared by another participant: “I did the BA and whilst it was addressed, it didn’t feel like it was addressed in a way that was integrated with the rest of the course. It was very standalone. It felt like it was almost bolted on at some point” (CHFG2).
Evaluation of serious case reviews
Kish Bhatti-Sinclair and Donna Price
The aim of this chapter is to consider how findings from recorded serious case
reviews (SCRs) that took place during the 1991–2010 period informed or
otherwise the development of good practice with black and minority ethnic
(BME) children and their families residing in England and Wales. The aims are to
consider cultural, linguistic, religious and other service needs within reviews and
to examine key principles that may transform
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