The tragic death of George Floyd in the USA and the international response through the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign has brought issues of racism to the forefront of our minds. NAFP acknowledges and understands that there are institutional flaws in our system that impact so negatively on the lives of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children and families. BAME children are over represented in the care system which has been the case for some time. And recent evidence has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic has also disproportionately impacted on BAME people. These are matters challenge all of us supporting children in foster care and we will work to address these issues with our partners across the fostering sector. We commit to educating ourselves and our response will be aimed at making a positive difference to the lives of BAME children, families, foster carers and social workers. And we will continue to listen to, learn from and amplify the voices of our BAME friends, families and colleagues.

Here are responses from some of our members:

Black Lives Matter, Black Childhoods Matter, Action for Children

Black Lives Matter, AFA Fostering

Black Lives Matter: Resources, Anchor Foster Care

Black Lives Matter, Blue Sky Fostering

Black Lives Matter: Statement & Resources, Compass Fostering

The Story of Dr Paul Stephenson OBE, Family Fostering Partners

An open statement on Black Lives Matter from our CEO, Nexus Fostering

George Floyd case and Black Lives Matter, Sunbeam Fostering

Our Continued Commitment to Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination, Team Fostering

Other resources:

How to talk to your children about race and racism, Dr Pragya Agarwal & Freddie Harrel, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, 12Aug19

Black Lives Matter: Book lists for ages 0-16+, National Literacy Trust 4Jun20

How young black people in care made their voices heard, Mike Stein, The Conversation 25Jun20

The School That Tried to End Racism, Channel 4 25Jun20

Black Lives Matter: social work must respond with action – not platitudes, Wayne Reid, CommunityCare 12Sep20

A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter and A Guide to Black History Month, Yoopies 15Oct20

As social workers, we must do more than stand in solidarity with black people, Vava Tampa, The Guardian 20Oct20

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