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21 October - 17 November
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Talking about Racism: How to respond to children’s reports of racism

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Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

An interactive workshop which aims to enhance our understanding of, and increase confidence in, reporting and responding to children’s reports of racism. Using real-life and worked examples, we will explore together what ways of reporting and responding work.

We hope this workshop will bring about more reflective and integrated ways of receiving and handling reports of racism from children. We also hope it will create opportunities for researchers and interested parties to work together, promoting effective and tailored support for children and parents of racially minoritised and marginalised communities.

What’s it about?

Have you had to report a child’s experience of racism or wished you had? Are you a parent, a teacher, a librarian, a support worker who has been on the receiving end of the report? You are invited to join a team of conversation analysts from the University of Edinburgh for an interactive workshop. Taking as a starting point that reporting racism is a two-way dialogue, we will explore the delicacy of reporting racism for children, the varied ways of responding – especially what works well and what works less well, and how we can all contribute to handle reports of racism more effectively.

You will also have the opportunities to share your experiences of what was challenging and what worked for you when you made or received reports of racism for children.

Who’s leading the event?

Yarong Xie, Research Fellow (University of Edinburgh’s Historical Links to African Enslavement and Colonialism); Steve Kirkwood (School of Social and Political Science, UoE); Sue Widdicombe (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, UoE); Eric Laurier (Institute of Geography & the Lived Environment, UoE)

Open to

professionals: teachers, education providers, professionals working in NGOs; Children and families: parents and legal guardians

Of particular interest to

parents, teachers and education providers, local communities, first points of contact for children and parents who experience racial discrimination, NGOs and charities.