What Does the Journey Towards Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Practice Look Like in a Child Welfare Agency?

Faculty of Education, York University

This is the second webinar in a free 5-part series, Up Close and Personal: Conversations on Anti-Oppression, from York University’s Faculty of Education Summer Institute.

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) receives almost 5,000 referrals a year about children and youth who may be in need of protection, the majority of which come from schools and the police. These referrals are disproportionately about Black children, and this disproportionality maintains itself throughout the child welfare service continuum, culminating in a significant overrepresentation of Black children/youth in care.

Speakers Carol Wade, Kate Schumaker, Priscilla Manful, and Vanessa Cocco will share reflections about what the journey towards Anti Racism Anti Oppression practice has looked like both at CCAS and in Education, the data and feedback from the Black community that have compelled us to act, and the beginning dialogue about the ways in which child welfare and education can join forces to help families receive the support they need without unnecessary intrusiveness and/or surveillance. The session will be moderated by Carl James, York University Professor and Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community, and Diaspora, and Jack Nigro, Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum at the Durham District School Board.

This webinar will appeal to teachers, school social workers, administrators, community partners, policy-makers, and anyone who believes that the welfare of children is everybody’s business.

Online October 21, 2020

7:00 pm

- 8:30 pm

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