Dear All

As Co-Chair of the Equality, Diversion and Inclusion (EDI) Work programme; for the Association of Directors of Adult Social services (ADASS), I would like to share the recent publication that should be a highly significant tool for any social care Directorates and partners serious about EDI - “Leading in Colour – the fierce urgency of NOW’, published June 2021. 

One of the authors is an Ex-Director of Children Services, Meera Spillett. Meera is one of the creators of Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) and has been successfully delivering this for some time via The Staff College, with the objective to see clear change in the diversity of leadership at all levels of Children’s Services. She will also be delivering the EDI development for ADASS trustees this summer.

I thought I would share this with you all, as it is very timely for us in the EDI agenda, and that ADASS has since started strengthening this work. Hopefully, it will further encourage any corporate discussions in this area. It will certainly help with our Social Care pilot on Workforce Race Equality Standards both in adults and children services.

“Leading in Colour – the fierce urgency of NOW” is aimed primarily at white senior leaders across the public sector, and, at Chief Executives, Council Leaders, Partnership Boards, and their teams. It’s intended to be both an urgent call for action and a helpful resource to support us to become and stay   inclusive, culturally competent leaders in a fairer workplace – and active contributors towards creating fairer communities. It provides the context, the inescapable evidence and the tools to help us initiate deep-rooted and sustained change for colleagues and for communities.

This resource can help all of us enormously. It highlights learning on understanding, and combatting inequality; recognises the context of Black Lives Matter (BLM); and shares what we know so far about the impact of COVID-19 on existing inequalities experienced by Black people.

What Leading in Colour does remarkably well, in my view, is that it shares the voices and views of Black staff and provides an overview of multi-dimensional racism based on the lived experiences of families and communities. It helpfully challenges the reader to consider and act on all forms of racism in workplace and across the communities we support and serve.  

It is free to download here.

Meera and the other authors, Rose Durban and Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, are speaking about the publication twice at the Blue-Sky Thinking Festival in August, Click here to register.

Balwinder Kaur- Co-Chair EDI, ADASS