To Shield or Not to Shield? There Should Be No Question - Black African Social Workers Experiences during COVID-19 in England

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Abstract

Using three tenets of Critical Race Theory as the analytical lens, namely, counter story-telling, everyday racism and whiteness as privilege, this qualitative study examined the experiences of twenty Black African social workers during the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in England. The findings suggest that there was a different and often less favourable application of the rules and policies for Black African social workers in relation to COVID-19 and in comparison to their White peers. In addition, Black African social workers expressed frustration about the inadequacy of risk assessments undertaken to gauge the level of risk posed by continuous engagement with service users. A strong recommendation for culturally responsive leadership is made alongside the need for managers, supervisors and employers to become allies to their staff from Black and other minority ethnic backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1738
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • African
  • Black
  • COVID-19
  • critical race theory
  • culturally responsive leadership
  • social workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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