January – February 2022
The North East London Social Work Teaching Partnership (NELTP) is looking for participants to join sets of Focus Groups which will help to identify development opportunities for social work colleagues within partner local authorities to challenge barriers and discriminatory practices, preventing those from Black, Asian and/or minoritised communities from progressing. We acknowledge that there is disproportionate representation of Black, Asian and minoritised ethnicity staff at most senior levels of Local Authorities (senior management & director) and we aim to deliver meaningful and tangible change by creating lasting networks and empowering the next ethnically diverse generation of leaders.
Focus Groups, as a part of the wider research project, will present a learning experience for both early-stage professionals and people with significant experience by encouraging information and knowledge sharing at a practical level, ensuring a unique and multi-faceted approach grounded in the belief that the social work sector should better exemplify these values.
We are planning to organise 3 separate Focus Groups of 8 people in each between December – February 2022. Groups will agree to meet for a maximum of 2-hour sessions, on up to four occasions before the end of February. If selected for the project, we will contact you closer to the date with the details of the exact place, time scale, and more detailed information about the project.
What are the Benefits of Participating?
The Focus Group can produce new thinking among participants through in-depth discussion. It may be an interesting experience for participants to reflect on issues that Black, Asian and minoritised communities face and give participants a ‘voice’ to help identify their feelings. This might be relevant to people who have previously faced or are facing barriers to progression. Also, being part of the Focus Group might give a sense of satisfaction for people occupying senior role positions by helping colleagues progress and ensuring that marginalized communities are heard and understood. In addition, Focus Groups might help reflect the specific circumstances they previously experienced in trying to advance within their careers. Ultimately the aim is for the Focus Groups to feed into research finding and reports that will change practice and remove barriers to progression.
Please fill your details into the link below if you would like to express an interest in participating and if you are happy for us to contact you with more information.