The Triple ‘A’ Chinwag is a BASW England pilot mini-series, where BASW Anti-Racism Lead Wayne Reid explores “authentic anti-racist allyship” from the perspective of Andrew Thompson, who Wayne refers to as ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi of Social Work’ in the anthology 'OUTLANDERS' 

This film explores the specific areas of anti-Black racism and includes the experiences and personal definitions of racism and allyship.  This film forms part of BASW’s wider commitment to anti-racism.

Episode 1

  • Andrew Thompson introduction
  • Definitions & living experiences of anti-racist allyship
  • Anti-racist ‘edutainment’
  • Anti-Black racism from people without colour involves… infographic
  • Triple ‘A’ Reflections
The Triple 'A' Chinwag: Episode 1

Episode 2

  • Andrew Thompson re-introduction
  • Barriers to anti-racist allyship
  • Advice for potential anti-racist allies
  • Book recommendations
  • What is anti-racism?
  • How is anti-racism relevant to Social Work?
  • “You can’t read yourself into activism”
  • Triple ‘A’ Reflections
The Triple 'A' Chinwag: Episode 2

Episode 3 (bonus episode)

  • The 4 White identities infographic created by Gurnam Singh
  • The BASW England report on ‘Anti-racism in Social Work’ activities across the UK 2020 - 2021
  • How do you recruit allies?
  • An authentic anti-racist summary from the ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi of Social Work’
  • Triple ‘A’ Reflections
The Triple 'A' Chinwag: Episode 3

Andrew is a retired Specialist Practice Teacher in Youth Justice, YOS Officer and Social Work Lecturer from Sheffield. He was instrumental in developing Sheffield's Juvenile Justice & Race Panel in the 1980s, which later became integral to the development of Sheffield Youth Offending Service. Andrew has a high profile in the social work community across South Yorkshire.

The Triple 'A' Chinwag is an opportunity to understand and learn about Andrew's personal and professional outlook as an "authentic anti-racist ally".

Learn more about authentic anti-racist allyship in the context of social work

The Triple 'A' Chinwag: 

  • Analyses the lived realities of authentic anti-racist allyship
  • Considers the personal and professional aspects of allyship
  • Highlights core social work values and ethics
  • Provides practical resources for personal and professional development
  • Showcases inspirational examples of anti-racist allyship
  • Motivates stakeholders to take action
  • Supports and informs social work policy, practice and education
Andrew Thompson
A young Andrew Thompson with Tessa Sanderson at an amateur boxing event.
Andrew Thompson with Princess Margaret


Anti-racism in Social Work practice

Edited by Angie Bartoli


Albert French

Black Cab Wisdom

Mark Solomon

Black Children in Care: Health, Hair & Skin

Denise Lewis & Flora Awolaja

Black Lives Rising

Chiatulah Ameke


Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner


Matthew McConaughey

How one dedicated man inspired my social work career

Rebecca Joy Novell

How To Be An Antiracist

Written by Ibram X. Kendi

IC3 – New Black Writing in Britain

Edited by Courttia Newland & Kadija Sesay

Identity Crisis

Ben Elton

Knowledge Reigns Supreme

Priya Parmar, PH.D

Malcolm X Speaks

Edited by George Breitman

Me & White Supremacy

Layla F. Saad




Maya Angelou

OUR ROOTS: The inspiring stories of our Grandparents & Great Grandparents

Edited by Yazmin McKenzie

OUTLANDERS: Hidden Narratives from Social Workers of Colour

Compiled & co-edited by Wayne Reid & Siobhan Maclean

Seat of the Soul

Gary Zukav

Teacher’s Dead

Benjamin Zephaniah

The Anti-Racist Social Worker

Edited by Tanya Moore & Glory Simango

The Good Immigrant

Edited by Nikesh Shukla

The Gospel of Hip Hop


The Ice-T Opinion


They Came Before Columbus

Ivan Van Sertima

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge