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Ethnic Identities & Social Exclusion: The Impact on Child Mental Health?
Fri 31 March 2017, 16:30 – 18:00 BST
A recent TUC poll found that over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016; official home office statistics reveal that hate crime in U.K. increased by 41% post Brexit, and by 326% against Muslims.
Against this backdrop and inspired by the BPS Social Justice and Inclusion Task Force Committee, this workshop launches a new EPRCF series for 2017 that focuses on exploring different topics around ethnicity, representation and social inclusion within the context of our work as educational and child psychologists.
What impact could media messages be having on the mental health and wellbeing of the families we work with? How can Educational Psychologists apply psychology to promote social inclusion and support schools to identify children and young people who may feel culturally marginalized and excluded, and those who use “weaponized” media rhetoric to strengthen their own sense of cultural identity? Sharing findings from literature in this area and her work with children, schools and families, Dilanthi Weerasinghe, Educational & Child Psychologist, Bridges for Children CIC, will facilitate an interactive session that aims to encourage participants to reflect on research in this area, share experiences and develop ideas which would enable local authorities, schools and families to better understand the processes and mechanisms through which racism may contribute to educational and health disparities in children and young people.