Abstract

In this webinar, the first in our #BlackLivesMatter series, Wayne Reid reflects on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the meaning of anti-racism: The belief that all races and ethnic groups are equal and deserving of the same opportunities.

Anti-racism requires action to tackle existing inequality. Wayne will explore how this is relevant to social work, through professional standards, codes of ethics, cultural competence and the underpinning values of social justice.

Biography

Wayne Reid is a Professional Officer & Social Worker for the British Association of Social Work (BASW) England and lives in Sheffield. Wayne has worked in: private fostering; the Probation Service; youth offending; adult mental health; child protection and with care leavers. He is a widely revered inspirational speaker and campaigner for racial equality.

Wayne’s career reflects his dedication to supporting vulnerable members of society, working with diverse professionals from across all sectors to improve service standards and meet holistic needs. His wide-ranging career has enabled him to understand the dynamic contextual factors that affect the strategic planning, implementation and review of effective Social Work services and the direct impact this has on service-users, practitioners and the public.

As a black male social worker, Wayne understands some of the challenges that service-users and practitioners from different minority groups can face. From his experience, Wayne believes academic and ‘life education’ are essential to improve an individual’s quality of life and life chances. Wayne adds: “Social Work is a vital multi-faceted international service that: coordinates support for the most vulnerable people in society; assesses and manages risk; addresses problematic behaviours and relationships; champions equality and social justice; optimises service-users’ strengths, promotes human decency and creates meaningful opportunities for social mobility”.