Standing up for Race Equality

Black and White banner saying 'Race equality Week' Published: 9th Feb 2022

Race Equality Week, held 7 – 13 February, is an annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.

Race Equality Week unites employees, focuses senior leaders, and unites organisations. It also encourages them to continue their activity and drive race equality all year long.

This year’s theme #ActionNotJustWords was selected by Race Equality Network leaders and those with lived experience of racial discrimination and race inequality.

Birmingham Children’s Trust has continued its commitment to race equality and promoting anti-racism in the organisation via it’s Race Equality and Diversity Action Plan.

The Action Plan focuses on the promotion of diversity ensuring inclusivity for staff from black, Asian and other ethnic backgrounds, activities relating to social work practice, and how it delivers services that impacts on the children, young people and families it supports.

“Tackling racism is everyone’s responsibility.   The onus is on each and every one of us to be mindful of our actions and of the impact on the organisational culture we reflect in those actions,” says Lorraine Donovan, Equalities and Diversity Manager at the Trust.

“As the Trust, we have already started our journey to be a more equitable organisation, where all staff can flourish. It’s not a short journey and by no means an easy journey, however the key thing is that organisationally we are firmly set in the right direction.”

Last year, the Trust set up working groups to specifically look at race equality within its organisation - the Equalities Executive Group; Workforce Group; Service Delivery Group and Culture Change Group.

For more information and to participate, visit raceequalitymatters.com