The Black Lives Matter movement has brought some crucial issues including UK police brutality/ abuse of powers, as well as racial discrimination at all levels, into the forefront of public discourse. It is important for us to reflect on how we, as CNS, can make black and minority ethnicity clients feel welcome and comfortable to use our services and disclose sensitive information.
We think of ourselves as an organisation committed to celebrating diversity and challenging discrimination, but there is always time for reflection. It is important that we always strive to make our service even more accessible and suitable for a diverse range of clients, and recognise where we could be doing better on this front.
A crucial point we want to make clear is the importance of reporting Hate Crimes in these times of tension and we want to make that as easy and comfortable as possible for our local black community.
Below are some important links from our partner agencies which offer more information on the Black Lives Matter movement:
National Police Chiefs Council: https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/uk-police-stand-with-those-appalled-by-george-floyd-death
Asylum Matters: www.asylummatters.org
Asylum Matters have stated some points which help to encourage important and challenging conversations about race, privilege and justice in the charity sector and beyond:
- “JCWI’s blogpost makes urgent and challenging points about the role of charities and the migration/refugee sector, and announces some steps they’re taking as an organisation. Additionally, JCWI and Freedom from Torture have issued a joint statement.
- Colin Yeo of Free Movement has authored this long read article on race, racism and immigration in the UK.
- Counterpoint Arts have also put together a useful list of anti-racism resources to help spark conversations with your family, colleagues, networks and friends here.
- Gaylene Gould has created this list of black UK racial justice organisations, while Sharon Adetoro has brought together this incredibly useful and comprehensive list of anti-racist resources.
- We also recommend reading this report from RunnymedeTrust on Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK as a useful overview.”
Finally, please check out the Black Lives Matter Movement website for more ways you can help and for more information about the issues being faced.