Anti-Racism and Allyship


The shocking death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 sparked protests all over the UK and a national debate over Britain's history and status on racial justice and equality. The PM Boris Johnson stated that a new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was to be launched to look at all aspects of inequality including criminal justice, employment, education and health outcomes. Racial inequality and inequity in the UK has been clearly evidenced through multiple reports and reviews such as the The Race Disparity Audit (2017), The Lammy Review (2017), the McGregor-Smith Review (2017), Angiolini Review (2017), Parker Review (2017), Timpson Review (2019) and the independent review of the Windrush scandal (2020).

The cries for less reports and more action grow louder and clearer. An impactful implementation of the recommendations made in these numerous reports seems to elude successive governments, and the current framework of human rights committees and commissions, equality & diversity legislation, policies and processes all appear unfit for purpose in producing a fairer and more equitable society. New ways of thinking are vital if real change is to be achieved. It is no longer sufficient to take a passive ‘non-racist’ position. One must be actively ‘anti-racist’ and adopt proactive attitudes, behaviours and approaches if the tenets of equity and social justice are to be achieved.

This full day training course is part of our Uncomfortable Conversations series and is delivered in partnership with
Action for Race Equality. We investigate exactly what it means to be anti-racist and explore concepts of power and anti-oppressive practices whilst deepening our understanding of anti-racist language and terminology. Attendees will discover what is meant by ‘allyship’ and what true allyship looks like. The course provides a solid foundation upon which individuals and organisations can develop an anti-racist strategy to build towards greater justice, equality and a positive working environment.

Course Content

  • Develop a clear understanding of racism including institutional, structural and systemic racism and how it manifests

  • Explore the intersectionality between race and other aspects of diversity

  • Understanding language and terminology including in group/out group theory and individualism vs universalism

  • Summary of the historical journey of racism in the UK alongside evolving ‘equality’ legislation

  • Examine the concepts of bias, microaggressions, white privilege, white fragility 

  • Investigate anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory approaches and the use of power

  • Identify what true allyship is and differentiate between performative vs authentic allyship

  • Promote practical steps that individuals and organisations can use to develop and implement an anti-racist strategy in the workplace

Who is this course for?
This course is for social workers, police, judiciary, prison and probation staff, court officers, youth justice case workers, teachers, health care professionals, housing officers and the wider workforce who work within the voluntary and community sector.

From 10am - 4pm 

  • Tuesday 28th June 2022 (Online)

  • Thursday 7th July 2022 (Online)

  • Thursday 25th August 2022 (@ at Islington Voluntary Action, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP)

  • Wednesday 28th September 2022 (Online)

  • Thursday 3rd November 2022 (Online) 


Interested in this course? Our trainers can come to you and deliver on site. Give our team a call or email to see if we can meet your requirements

£100 including booking fees and VAT. Early Bird tickets are available at £85. Start time 10.00. Finish time 16.00. The course consists of power points, audio visual resources, group discussions and activities. All places must be booked through the online booking system using a debit or credit card. Invoices can also be requested online.

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This training course is officially CPD-certified, giving attendees the opportunity to benefit from up to 6 hours of CPD-accredited content across the day.