02Aug Racism in Childcare Social Work Comments are closedPosted by







Greetings all

Welcome to thoughts around what’s happening in Social Work

Thought for the Day:

Until the tail of the hunt is told by the Lion the Hunter will always be victorious. (African Proverb)

I recently read an article written by Dr Charles Mugisha a senior lecturer in the department of social Work at Buckinghamshire New University.

The article was titled ‘The Enemy Within’ it looked at his viewpoint that far right and racist views are once more on the rise across Europe and beyond and according to Dr Mugisha  said to be taking hold of professionals including social workers.

“…In the U/K, a right wing network of British bloggers and social media activists has emerged as an increasingly influential voice for white nationalist and for those who oppose multiculturalism. It is not surprising that some of these activist are professionals that work with vulnerable clients…” (Professional Social Work 2017)

I found it very interesting,  yet it made me think seriously about the ignorance that still prevails regarding racism and the roots of racism. In turn as I am passionate about children, their growth and development, recognised that the negative, destructive and harsh treatment that children receive, when they are supported by someone who is ignorant and has far right ideologies, this has a  devastating impact on the lives of children, which can impact on their lives right into adulthood.

Are we ever able to address issues of, ingrained beliefs systems, stereo types, ignorance and brain washing from the media?

Speaking as a Social Worker, we as professionals,  we need to be aware of who we are, how influential we are especially when decisions we make can have long lasting effects on a child’s life.

Keeping Social Work ethics is so important and those who are intrusted to provide safety equality of opportunity and guidance for children and young people need to need to understand the authority they hold within this authority must integrity and morals.

Dr Charles Mugisha talking about social worker also states

“It is not unusual for these extremist to try to undermine academics of colour or to wage racist campaigns using social media and discussing identity… In front line practice, the bulk of the threat posed by far right professionals is felt through small scale harassment in offices, in supervision, by not offering senior positions to social workers of colour or those with accents and through made up allegations by mangers which are also reported to the regulator. Social workers of colour are struck off from the register, intimidated and bullied by extremist managers targeting minority practitioners and clients and experience racist comments about asylum seekers or denying services to clients from black and ethnic communities…”

So the pattern is we have practitioners with extremist racial views, we have practitioners of colour being oppressed, treated unfairly and undervalued all working with very vulnerable and needy children and young people.

Training and development of staff does not always change individuals’ deep rooted beliefs, prejudices and ignorance. However, it can heighten awareness and in a group setting dispel many myths.

Take a look at the training courses on offer here and see below the learning outcome for our new course:

  • Racism and its implications on children, young people and their families.

Racism is a subject that we all try to stay clear of due to us not wanting to offend of say the wrong thing. This is an introductory course to look at the roots of racism and recognise the effects on children and young people. This course will challenge stereo types and openly address areas that sometime are difficult to discuss.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of racism and it origins
  • Identify the impact of racism on children and young people
  • How you can develop your commitment to challenge racism

Until next time

Live and Love


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Dawn Samuels is a qualified senior social worker with over twenty five years experience working with children and families for the duration of that time. Dawn studied at the Institute of Family Therapy and has completed Brief Solution Focused Training. Dawn has been a full time training consultant for the past thirteen years delivering training across the UK to a very diverse group of foster carers, social workers and other care providers.

Dawn has significant experience of working at many levels within private fostering agencies, working with Senior Management, Staff teams, Social Work Students, Foster Carers, Support Workers and Looked After Children.The feedback given from most of those who attend Dawn’s training is excellent, confirming her status as a first class and inspirational trainer.

Dawn has a CQSW, Family Therapy and Brief Therapy Professional training certificates.

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