As part of their Black History Month celebration, Action for Children, one of our voluntary sector corporate members held an event on the 5th October to help their staff learn more about NBP and our partnership in race equality work.
Since taking out corporate membership of the NBP last year, Action for Children are actively looking at ways to bring the Network’s expertise into their organisation. This event outlined a wide range of ways in which the NBP will work with Action for Children, including through developing a pilot of our Black Leadership Initiative professional development programme, and by encouraging them to explore shadowing and other mentoring models and supporting access to their many networking events.
NBP’s Chief Executive Robin Landman OBE gave an inspiring presentation on the clear business case for Action for Children focusing on race equality, both for its staff and volunteers and for the children, young people and families they work with.
Robin said “We are pleased to be working with Action for Children helping you get the most from your membership of the NBP. We look forward to supporting the pilot, but also to finding ways to support your Black Worker Development Group and creatively linking Action for Children to some of the 180 other corporate members we have.”
Jacob Tas, Executive Director of Operations at Action for Children outlined some of the specific plans they have in place, building on the commitments of their equality scheme. In addition to the Black Leadership Initiative pilot these include increasing the percentage of Black and Minority Ethnic staff in middle and senior managers over the next three years, growing fostering and adoption services within BME communities, and ensuring the voices of their service users can contribute to Darra Singh’s Riots Communities and Victims Panel.
Jacob said, “I am excited by the potential of this partnership and the many ideas generated today. I look forward to seeing them translated into action over the months ahead and will be closely following the progress.”