Every person has been impacted by the pandemic, but there is an inequity in the impact that it has had on individuals and groups of people. The lost lives are situated within a social context.
That social context is one in which simply asserting that ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a radical statement challenging the institutional and structural racism of government, education, the police, the NHS, mental health services and of clinical psychology.
Following an initial listening event, the DCP has put forward a live position paper to begin conversations and engagement with stakeholders to co-produce a change strategy to counter racial and social inequalities.
The paper offers initial thoughts on the risks and impact of Covid-19 on pre-existing racial and social inequalities and structural racism to understand what is going on.
It is important that recovery and transformation plans will tackle the socioeconomic and societal injustices that have led to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.
This requires working in partnership with communities to understand and co-create solutions.
We seriously need to consider what part we have played in keeping the status quo, what we can do individually and collectively in our roles in organisations and institutions to open our eyes, understand, validate, apologise, forgive, work towards change and be stronger together.
This listening and mobilising action event is set out as part of a campaign focused on:
- Raise awareness
- Identify and name barriers to change
- Engage with diverse perspective and key stakeholders
- Pledging to anti-racist action.
We want to hear from as many people as possible, especially those with diverse perspectives to further build upon the foundation we have begun to set in the live position paper. These conversations will help shape and inform the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Anti-racism work going forward. The key aim is to working together to develop our understanding of what is going on in order to bring about change.
DCP Racial and Social Disparities in the Times of Covid-19 Working Group
Dr Amra Rao, Lead and Co-chair, Jo Hemmingfield , Co-chair, Dr Beth Greenhill, Leanna Ong, Ghiselle Green, Dr Sheelagh Rodgers, Linda Wilkinson, Dr Laura Golding, Runa Dawood, Julia Faulconbridge, Dr Samantha Rennalls and Candice Williams.
We will be hearing from a few key figures about their take on what’s going on. Those confirmed include…
Professor Binna Kandola OBE, Business Psychologist, Senior Partner and co-founder of Pearn Kandol, First Chair of the Standing Committee for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of Sir Robin Butler’s Panel of Enquiry into Equal Opportunities in the Senior Civil Service.
Dr Manreesh Bains, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Member of Presidential Taskforce Edyality, Diversity & Inclusion.
Click here to view the PDF of the full programme.
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