Black Lives Matter: A Statement – LondonADASS
The Black Lives Matter movement has increased awareness of the inherent inequalities and systemic racism that continue to be seen and experienced within society. It is important to note that in London, 67 per cent of the adult social care workforce are from minority ethnic group backgrounds. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the increased risk and disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities (Disparities in the Risk and Outcomes of COVID-19).
As noted by the Office of National Statistics, London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. People from BAME communities are most likely to live in London, with 58.4% of Black people, 35.9% of Asian people, 33.1% of people with Mixed ethnicity, and 49.9% of people from the Other ethnic group doing so. It is therefore imperative that we expose and eradicate all forms of racism within our Capital.
There is no better time for us all to reflect internally on our beliefs and behaviours towards inherent inequalities and systemic racism that we may perceive or experience within our personal and / or professional lives. As leaders of Social Care services in London we have and continue to remain fully committed to putting social justice and inclusion at the centre of everything we do. We champion and continue to shape a diverse social care workforce within the capital as well as ensuring support offered to those in receipt of adult social care is bespoke and tailored to individual need.
We will do everything possible to continue to expose and eradicate systemic racism.