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1 Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk and SUPPORT BME and SUPPORT

2 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Objectives To understand B.M.E. parents and the support available. What strategies can be explored for change.

3 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk How to work with BME families - A Strategy for Change

4 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Sisters group – An Overview

5 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk A review of B.M.E. families attending the childrens centre- across four centres. The % of B.M.E. families attending nursery settings and their engagement.

6 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk It is a necessary requirement to have inter-personal skills and knowledge when working with B.M.E. families. There also needs to be a commitment and willingness to share information, knowledge and skills for example asking the right questions and acknowledging when there is a knowledge gap. B.M.E. and Support

7 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk When working with B.M.E. families always demonstrate respect and this will gain trust and a willingness to have an open dialogue. B.M.E. and Support

8 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk It is important to state that cultural differences will often make it difficult to compute something that we take for granted. An example of this can be queuing up at the school gates, participating and attending parent evenings. For many parents who were educated in a different country, there may be an expectation that they expect teachers, to support their children without any input or participation from the parents. (Children go to school to learn) The concept of play may throw up a different meaning to parents. As B.M.E. parents will often see Education as English and Maths etc. B.M.E. and Support

9 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk B.M.E. and Support It is very important to be aware of the power of language, if an inappropriate word or statement is made this could cause offence and make it difficult to establish a good working relationship with the family. Try to explore the expectations of the parents in reference to their child/ren, be aware of myths, stereotyping for example all black people are loud, aggressive and on benefits, all B.M.E. families as most will have different cultural needs.

10 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk B.M.E. and Support At all cost avoid the colour blind approach, whereby equality is assumed rather than proven because all individuals and groups are treated as if they were all the same. Example I treat black people and white people the same Lena Dominelli. This reduces everyone to the same common denominator, without regard to their actual material position either as individual or as members of a specific social grouping.

11 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk B.M.E. and Support B.M.E. children can be at disadvantage when no account is taken of their culture. African culture has a meaning and is very important to parents of B.M.E. backgrounds, where possible tap into celebratory times such as Black history month (Oct).

12 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Support groups in Bexley Other than the Sisters Group, which other support groups are you aware of in Bexley?

13 www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Listening to you, working for you www.bexley.gov.uk Support groups in neighbouring boroughs What are the support groups you are aware of in neighbouring boroughs?


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