Research Futures: Agency and Inclusive Practices talk

On the 3rd February, the University of Portsmouth hosted an online discussion surrounding inclusive and exclusive practices, in relation to wellbeing, safeguarding and social care (See video link here). Awareness of mental health issues and needs of children and families has increased and many effective interventions are on offer. However, the proportion of those who need mental health support and social care but do not receive adequate support remains high, especially in the midst of the current pandemic. We know that existing mental health and social care services fail to meet the particular cultural, social and linguistic needs of service users from ethnic minority communities.

For example, mental health problems are often unrecognised in Asian communities and existing services are unsuitable for their (cultural and social) needs. We also know that mental health and social care staff tend to use more coercive approaches to mental health treatment of African-Caribbean individuals and they are more likely to enter mental health services via the courts/police.

The speakers provided insight into the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on black, Asian and minority ethnic  communities, raising areas of concern regarding ethnic inequalities and race relations, social care and well-being. 

The following speakers featured in the event:

– Ms Sonia Carr, CEO of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council (WREC)

– Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten, Reader (Associate Professor) in Childhood Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Education & Sociology at the University of Portsmouth