Dismantling institutional racism in social work: 20 years after Macpherson

Dugmore, Paul, Reid, Wayne, Henderson, Irene and Bambrough, Steve (2021) Dismantling institutional racism in social work: 20 years after Macpherson. [Film/Video]

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Abstract

Anti-racism will be explored in the social work profession by Wayne Reid, in partnership with BASW. This is a part of a series of centenary events exploring racial inequality in the mental health professions. Following the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993, William Macpherson led the public inquiry into the fatal stabbing and found that the Metropolitan police force was ‘institutionally racist’. Macpherson defined institutional racism as “the collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin”. The Macpherson report sparked debate about institutional racism across all of society and included recommendations not just for the police force but also public sectors organisations. Taking the report as a historical reference point, this presentation and discussion will explore institutional and structural racism in the social work profession. After setting the scene, Wayne will talk about BASW’s anti-racist work and priorities to promote equality for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority social workers and allied professionals. Wayne’s perspective is based on the premise white supremacy is inherent, to some degree, in all institutions and organisations. As a black male Social Worker, Wayne understands some of the challenges that service-users and practitioners from different minority groups face. He will talk about the need for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority professionals to be better supported and protected in the workplace to ensure equality and social justice. He believes this approach can only improve the experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority service-users too. Wayne feels academic and ‘life education’ are essential to improve an individual’s quality of life and life chances. Since the indiscriminate killing of George Floyd, Wayne has strongly championed anti-racism in social work in various forums and on wide-ranging platforms. He is committed to action and change in the social work profession through education, empowering and equipping Black and Ethnic Minority professionals, organisations and potential allies. Chair Paul Dugmore will open the talk and highlight the steps that the Tavistock and Portman is taking to becoming an anti-racist organisation in clinical work with patients and training curriculum. Irene Henderson will then provide an institutional perspective and Steve Bambrough will provide a clinical perspective respectively. After Wayne's presentation, there will be a chance to engage in a Q&A and audience discussion. This talk will appeal to practitioners and students of social work, as well as anyone interested in racial equality and mental health.

Item Type: Film/Video
Additional Information: Held on 5 March 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tavistock and Portman Centenary
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Groups & Organisations > Racial/Cultural Groups
Race and Culture > Race- Sociology
Race and Culture > Race and Culture- Social Welfare
Social Welfare > Social Welfare Personnel
Social Welfare > Social Work
Media Appearances > Film/Video
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Department of Education and Training
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2365

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