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Considerations for people from minority groups in the Covid-19 pandemic

The aim of this resource paper is to think about the special considerations that are required for those from minority identities with regards to the pandemic.

09 July 2020

The Covid-19 global pandemic has influenced our society in ways we will be working to understand and comprehend for many years to come.

When discussing minority groups, we utilise the definitions provided in the Equality Act (2010), but also take into consideration social inequality more broadly and other marginalised groups. We also want to acknowledge the debates and preferences surrounding terminology, particularly with regards to protected characteristics. We use the words ‘minority’ and ‘marginalised’ in line with our committee identity and purpose but are aware of the limitations of these terms. Whilst the focus of this paper is on the Clinical Psychology workforce, many of the issues raised will be pertinent to individuals irrespective of their position as a professional or member of the public. We recommend that professionals read this paper to provide insight into their positions at all levels of the profession to better support employees, colleagues, service users and better inform research methods.

This paper is informed by a collection of research and journalism articles. We have also run a survey through our social media pages directed at the experiences of psychology professionals from minority backgrounds. Please note that whilst we have surveyed members of the profession with minority backgrounds, that these groups are inherently under-represented in the profession, with some more so than others. It is therefore important for the profession to continually seek feedback from professionals. Members of the DCP Minorities Subcommittee also utilise their own identities and experience in their work, including contributing to this document. The document is also overseen by the DCP Executive. Despite this, it is important to note that, in the context of Covid-19 psychological research being in its infancy, this paper is not to be regarded as professional guidance, but rather a resource based on experiences and held identities, to better inform practitioners. This is a working document and we hope to update this paper as the evidence base emerges. The purpose of this paper is awareness raising and as a document that can be provided to employers and peers to better understand some of the challenges occurring for various individuals. Inevitably there will be issues and areas that we have not fully considered, and we welcome receiving feedback to better inform future updates of this documentation. We have tried to include limitations to this document where we have been able to identify them. Some of the content of this paper may be emotionally challenging to process, therefore we encourage our readers to be mindful around caring for the wellbeing of themselves and others.

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