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Michael Lavalette and Laura Penketh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307082

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307082.001.0001

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The catalysers: ‘black’ professionals and the anti-racist movement

The catalysers: ‘black’ professionals and the anti-racist movement

(p.53) Three The catalysers: ‘black’ professionals and the anti-racist movement
Race, Racism and Social Work

Charlotte Williams

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the strategies for implementing anti-racist practice. In the 1980s the anti-racist social work movement argued that effective anti-racist practice would also require the significant recruitment of black and Asian workers who could challenge practice on the frontline and change the culture of social work organisations. This chapter revisits some of the early 1980s debates and traces the history of the anti-racist social work movement and the role of early leaders of that movement. But rather than an overt focus on policy regimes and bureaucracies, which many in the 1980s became concerned to focus on, it argues we need to look at the practices and the networks of anti-racist practitioners ‘the catalysers’ who can bring about significant organisational changes to services.

Keywords:   Anti-racist social work, Black and Asian social workers, Catalysers of change, Black and Asian service user networks, Anti-racist practice

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