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Safeguarding in BME communities

EQuIP has a long history of engaging with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Warwickshire as well as Gypsy and Traveller communities and newly arrived migrants.

One issue we have championed in the last decade is safeguarding of older BME residents. During our work we found a number of barriers BME service users face in accessing social care services and healthcare and we investigated the work that needed to be done to raise awareness by agencies to ensure that BME Day Care settings had appropriate training in a language and format that suited them.

We have also highlighted the lack of referrals to safeguarding from BME communities. From the work EQuIP has been involved in, and case studies that have been collated, it is evident that there are safeguarding concerns but BME communities are less likely to report them.

We looked at some of the reasons and engaged with partners so that now:

  • There is increased awareness of safeguarding, types of abuse and reporting procedures and support networks.
  • Communities feel confident using the reporting procedures.
  • Coordinators and community workers have a clear understanding of the local safeguarding arrangements and who to speak to /discuss/or raise a concern about a safeguarding matter.
  • Feedback informs change to local safeguarding practice, policy and procedures and also influences policy development and strategic priorities.

More needs to be done but this project has enabled EQuIP to positively impact on service provision.

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EQuIP have been involved in a wide range of projects across Warwickshire. Take a look at some of our other campaigns, actions and events.

In June 2020 the death of George Floyd in the US brought a surge of reaction from across the world. In the UK protests around Black Lives Matter caught the public imagination and as a result at EQuIP we held a series of online discussions ‘From Protest to Positive Action’.

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The Equality and Inclusion Partnership (EQuIP) is delighted with the news that its Chair, Dr James Shera MBE, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Coventry University. The award is in recognition of James’ contribution to intercultural and interfaith harmony and multicultural education.

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