The Young People we support are continually subjected to racism, in the media, by the public, in politics and within the systems designed to support them, such as schools, the home office and the law.
This has led us to starting a journey to become an anti-racist organisation.
This has and will continue to evolve through reflections, learning, developing frameworks, training and new ways of working, which will enable our young people, volunteers and team to feel safe, welcome and heard.
We do not see this as a simple training project that is delivered to staff in a classroom then considered as done. Instead, it’s a highly organic, on-going but focused body of work, that is always happening, and is open to nuance, exploration and learning. To begin this process we initially held an internal and informal consultation with our team.
We invited everyone to share points of view, visions for the future, concerns and experiences.
We have now created and committed to four core goals, which we are working on as an organisation, which are:
- To take real action, and to not limit ourselves at discussion and learning.
- To highlight and call out racism in the UK immigration and asylum system.
- To make clear and accountable commitments to anti-racist practice.
- To create a clear, bold, practical statement on anti-racism.