A framework for privileging conversations about race in a local authority context

A conference session by Nana Bonsu and Nick Pendry
Co-editor of Pandemic as Systemic Flux at Murmurations Journal and London Borough of Wandsworth

24 September 2021, 03:15 PM

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About this conference session

This presentation will be a personal reflexive dialogue between two senior leaders in a social care setting, responsible for creating and sustaining systemic transformational practice. The presenters will discuss their dialogical stances and approaches to talking about racism in a local authority context. Drawing upon their experiences of service development, service delivery and organisational change, they will consider how critical moments in an organisations journey creates episodes that can lead to failure or success. Principles of CMM will be the epistemological framework in which this dialogue takes place. How can one, hold onto these ideas in the context of risks, powerlessness and racial injustice?

Nana Bonsu

Nana is a qualified social worker, family and systemic psychotherapist and systemic supervisor. Nana has worked in both statutory children’s services and CAMHS for nineteen years. Nana has a proven track record of developing clinical services within a statutory context. Nana’s epistemology lies within post modernism. Nana is keen to develop safe dialogical spaces, inviting curiosities that enable infinite possibilities to be created. Nana is interested in action research. Nana’s stance is that we all contribute to practice theory by learning from and with each other.

Nick Pendry

I'm Nick Pendry. I'm a brown man of Indian ethnicity and have lived for almost my entire adult life in South London. I'm a social worker and a family and systemic psychotherapist. I draw on both disciplines in all the work that I do, and have worked in various roles in both local authority Children's Services and in community Tier 3 and national Tier 4 CAMHS services. I teach and write about social work, family therapy, race and racism. I am most passionate about practice: working with children, young people and their families and carers to support change, transform lives and deliver the very best outcomes for children. I think this is best achieved through getting alongside families, building human connections, showing compassion, appreciation and respect, and utilising theoretical frameworks that we know are effective. I believe that we can only do this effectively in our communities if we do this together as a children's service and with partners. A coherent and unified approach to delivering the very best for each other and the families we work with. I am the Deputy Director of Early Help and Children's Social Care in the London Borough of Wandsworth, and am full of energy and enthusiasm to work alongside you all to be the best that we can be.

Hosted by AFT in collaboration with Friends of KCC and CMM Institute