Racism, intersectionality, privilege, power, fragility and allyship

Published: 22/07/2021

This podcast discusses key issues on promoting anti-racism in social work with Dez Holmes and Wayne Reid.

Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice and Wayne Reid, BASW England’s Professional Officer, Social Worker and Anti-Racism Visionary discuss the key issues highlighted by Wayne in a presentation on promoting anti-racism in social work.

Talking points

This podcast looks at:

  • Vulnerability.
  • The role and power of language.
  • How anti-racism might inform regulation.
  • Self-care when fighting racism.
  • The role of allyship and what it entails.
  • What we mean by power and how it can be unleashed.
  • Anglo-centric perspectives in evidence and the white gaze.
  • Why activism is so important to social work.

Resources mentioned in the podcast

Related Research in Practice resources

Reflective questions

  1. How do you share or unleash power when working with people from minoritised backgrounds?
  2. How is activism part of your role?
  3. How do you and your organisation critique evidence and the resources that you use?

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Child and family assessment | Analysis, decision-making, planning and review | Organisational context | Promote and govern excellent practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Shaping and influencing the practice system | Effective use of power and authority | Confident analysis and decision-making | Purposeful and effective social work | Emotionally intelligent practice supervision | Designing a system to support effective practice | Creating a context for excellent practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Support effective decision-making | The role of social workers | Person-centred practice | Effective assessment and outcome based support planning | Organisational context | Professional ethics and leadership | Values and ethics | Assuring good social work practice and development | Developing confident and capable social workers | Promoting and supporting critical analysis and decision-making | Effective use of power and authority as a practice supervisor

CQC - Caring | Effective | Safe

PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills | Contexts and organisations

RCOT - Communication | Identify needs | Understanding relationship

Racism And White Privilege

Promoting anti-racism in social work

This presentation examines key issues around racism and inequality, which invites us to reflect on our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours as practitioners, leaders and allies.
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Topic Diversity 3

Equality and diversity

An integral part of social care practice is protection and promotion of the rights of adults, children and families. Central to this is ensuring that people of all ages, with all of their diverse characteristics, have equality of opportunity and are not excluded or discriminated against.
View learning on equality and diversity