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Black History Month 2021

BASW is proud to support and celebrate Black History Month 2021

Today marks the first day of Black History Month 2021 – an annual commemoration and celebration of the history, achievements, and contributions of Black people in the UK.

BASW is delighted to share a collection of resources and content related to the key themes of Black History Month 2021 and will be releasing new material as the month progresses.

BASW UK Anti-Racism Statement

We are committed to developing anti-racist practice within social work - and promoting anti-racism across wider society. In July 2021, we released a statement outlining this commitment and our next steps.  

Read the full statement

Events / Training this month

Resources and articles

BASW Podcasts

Andy McClenaghan is joined by Mit Joyner, President of the National Association of Social Workers in the USA, and Shantel Thomas, BASW Anti-Racism Lead to discuss the issue of structural and institutional racism in the UK and the USA. The conversation explores the impacts of structural and institutional racism and considers the issue in the context of the murder of George Floyd, the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sewell Report, the Windrush Scandal and the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The episode concludes by examining how social workers can be agents of change by promoting anti-racist values and practice.

In the second of two episodes exploring issues related to the independent review of children’s social care in England, Andy McClenaghan is joined by social workers Patriche Bentick, Senior Practitioner at Camden Council and James Kargbo, Fostering Team Manager, also from Camden Council. They examine issues facing Black and minoritized children in the care system, the extent to which matters of equality, diversity and inclusion have been considered in the Care Review so far and the need to decolonise social work education.