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3 typical responses to anti-racism from social work organisations

By Wayne Reid, British Association of Social Work (BASW)

Social Work Week 2021 poster by Wayne Reid.

3 typical responses to anti-racism from social work organisations

Poster by Wayne Reid

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Poster transcript

3 typical responses to anti-racism from social work organisations


Noteworthy silences. Anti-racism is not discussed and there are no attempts to acknowledge or address racism. Leaders “hope all this Black Lives Matter (BLM) ‘stuff’ just blows over”.


Cringe position statements and feeble blogs. Recycled statements from years ago, regurgitated previous rhetoric on workforce unity with predictable platitudes – but no action. Unfortunately, this response is common.

3. GOAL!!! (GREEN)

Authentic anti-racism action plans are published outlining significant reforms that commit to specific, measurable, achievable and realistic targets.

Image description:

The image is of Wayne Reid in a Sheffield United football kit with the opportunity to score past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Wayne looks like he is about to score. He has 3 arrows pointing from his foot towards the net that correspond with the 3 potential outcomes listed above. Wayne’s options are as follows:

Image of red arrow: Wayne feebly misses the goal and the ball balloons wide.

Image of yellow arrow: Wayne strikes the bar, when it looked easier to score.

Image of green arrow: Wayne scores a wonder goal to the top corner with absolute aplomb!

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Know better / Do better

BASW England, The professional association for social work and social workers

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