School of Health and Social Care

Dare to CARE (Creating an Anti-Racist Environment)

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Racism; prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.

Access to healthcare is a global human right, but racism is also a global issue. On a daily basis health and social care staff and students are at the receiving end of racist abuse from patients, clients and even their colleagues. Similarly, those accessing health care or social care support can be discriminated against due to the racist attitudes of the staff that are supposed to help them.

This project has been created with the purpose of helping health and social care staff tackle racism in their workplaces. Whether you’re a Black or Asian staff member looking for support, or a white colleague who wants to know how to be an ally, we have collated resources to assist in ending racism and racist incidents in health and social care settings.

We have aimed to gather resources that look beyond the UK and the NHS. We want this project to be helpful to all health and social care staff, including those who may be working with marginalised groups in very different settings that are beyond the British Isles. The resources provided here are dynamic and will continue to be developed and added to in the future.

These resources have been specially selected and created to support different health and social care disciplines. Racism doesn’t just affect doctors and nurses in emergency situations. It also involves midwivesdentists, allied health professionals such as occupational therapists or speech and language therapists, professional services and administration staff, and external colleagues such as researchers and social workers.

Through our initiative, “Talk to transform”, we will be utilising the lived experiences of healthcare professionals to bring to life racism in a range of settings. Through these experiences you will understand the impact that racism has on individuals, and how to tackle it when you witness it in person.

Some of the resources created for the Dare to CARE project feature accounts of racism experienced by individuals. These scenarios are anonymised, but have been created using real stories taken from a range of sources.

Professor Victoria Joffe
"I am very proud of the continued work that is going in to the development of Dare to Care, as an accessible suite of resources to raise awareness of and provide opportunities for discussion and exploration around racism and discrimination. Health and social care practitioners and students report unacceptable experiences of racism and discrimination, and we in the School of Health and Social Care stand with our students and partners, providing allyship and advocacy at every opportunity and calling strongly for inclusive practices and an end to all types of discrimination.

The resources that make up Dare to Care, funded by Health Education England, East of England, are freely available for you to use, and we will continue to add to them, supporting our students, practitioners, and all service users to work, study, and provide and receive health and social care provision in fair and inclusive settings which promote and enhance health and wellbeing for all."

Professor Vicky Joffe Dean of Health and Social Care

Equality, diversity & inclusivity (EDI) resources

"I want a better understanding of the research and findings around racism in health organisations and ways other organisations have made a positive difference."

Talk to transform

Talk to Transform uses lived experiences of Black healthcare professionals and learners to show the impact of racism and microaggressions on staff.

Anti-racism and becoming an ally to tackle racism is a whole process of learning. We must learn to tackle our own implicit biases, acknowledge our need to learn and develop even in the face of uncomfortable feelings, and accept that we can always learn more.

We invited Janett Morgan to deliver two workshops on how to create an anti-racist environment. In the video below she talks about the workshops, and you can download the PowerPoint (.ppt) for further information.

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