Addressing Racism and Racial Discrimination
We as a council believe action is needed to respond to racism and racial discrimination, reflected through existing inequalities and highlighted both by the Black Lives Matter movement, and brought into sharp focus through the killing of George Floyd in the USA, and by the differential effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Both happenings are of global and local impact, and absolutely require a global and local response. Both have been called pandemics by their nature – and their ability to infect life outcomes for people and communities, universally. Both have an immediacy – but are also built on structural inequalities in our society developed over time.
In Haringey, we have been exploring and responding to inequalities for some time through work carried out under a number of banners, including the Fairness Commission, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Attainment, Alternative Provision Review implementation, Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Young People at Risk Strategy, Housing and Homelessness Approaches and a range of others.
Recognising the need for urgent and thoughtful action, which builds on what we already know, what we do now and plan to do for the future will have a profound impact on the future of civil society in Haringey, and more widely, over the coming months and years.
We understand that complex, entrenched and structural inequalities cannot be solved overnight and that no single programme or project will achieve our shared goal. It will take concerted action from all of us to make change happen.
In order to take this work forward, a partnership Co-ordinating Group has started meeting, co-chaired by the Bridge Renewal Trust and by the Council, bringing together the community and voluntary sector and statutory partner representatives. It has been agreed that the Co-ordinating Group feeds into a regular Joint Meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board and Community Safety Partnership, two statutory partnerships which have roles across a wide agenda. The first such Joint Meeting took place in September 2020 and will be held twice a year to ensure community and political leadership and governance of the work, to demonstrate accountability and to support prioritisation and allocation of resources.
The Co-ordinating Group has already explored some of the issues of racial discrimination and injustice facing residents and communities in Haringey and is working across eight priority strands:
- Policy and Strategy
- Health and Wellbeing
- Community Safety and Policing
- Education and Attainment
- Faith and Identity
- Arts, Culture, Heritage and Place
- Economy and Employment
The aim of partners around the table is to work alongside communities to understand issues and to co-produce solutions. There is a shared view that the Plan needs to be both ambitious and pragmatic – with clear priorities and a planned approach to ensure tangible change. We've started a range of activities across the eight themes in the Plan, including conversations with communities, data gathering and analysis, and projects and programmes to respond to the issues identified in Haringey.
This work is ongoing and will be updated regularly, please visit this page for updates. We will be publishing an overview of planned activity and progress across the Plan in the coming weeks.
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