The BAAF Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Perspective Project
The Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Perspective Project aims to promote a wider understanding of the particular needs of black, Asian and mixed heritage children in the public care system in the UK.
Providing advice and information
This project provides an advice and consultancy reference point for professionals, practitioners, adoptive parents, carers and birth families. In addition it provides specific advice, information, training, support and mentoring to those who are committed to understanding and meeting the attachment, belonging and identity (racial, cultural, religious, and linguistic) needs of black, asian and mixed heritage children, who are unable to live with their birth families. The Consultant for Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage also develops links with other professionals and practitioners within the field of child care to share information, policy and strategies to work towards an improvement of the services offered to the black, Asian and mixed heritage children and their carers, birth families and communities.
The Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Perspectives Advisory Committee (BMEPAC)
This is an inter-professional group of experienced Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage practitioners (BME) and representatives from BME communities which meets four times a year. The group is unique in providing a forum for identifying issues, formulating agendas, and commenting on policy and practice issues. Its aim is to promote a wider understanding of the particular needs of black, Asian and mixed heritage children within adoption and fostering. The long term objective of the committee is to ensure that BAAF’s strategy remains relevant to the needs of BME children, adoptive parents, foster carers and practitioners.
- To promote a better understanding of the diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious needs of black, Asian and mixed heritage children, who are unable to live with their birth families;
- to improve their access to family placements which reflect or will develop their ‘race’, ethnicity, religion, culture and language heritage;
- to encourage practitioners and professionals to focus on the strengths, aspirations and ambitions of black, Asian and mixed heritage children and their families.
- To promote a sustainable change in how we work with BME children who are unable to live with their birth families and are waiting for permanent families;
- To contribute to the quality of services, fairer access and better outcomes for black, Asian and mixed heritage children who are unable to live with their birth families;
- to raise the profile of black, Asian and mixed children in the public care system across Government departments involved in children’s services;
- to ensure future policy development and guidance give proper consideration to the impact of delay on the well being of black, Asian and mixed heritage children, their adoptive parents, foster carers, birth families and communities;
- to identify and disseminate models of good practice in the placement of black, Asian and mixed heritage children and post placement support for their adoptive parents and foster carers.
Project team and contact details
Savita de Sousa - Consultant for Black Minority Ethnic Perspectives and Private Fostering with an expertise in working with Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage service users and who is involved in all aspects of BAAF’s work at a national level. She provides advice, information, consultancy and training. She coordinates the Black and Minority Ethnic Perspectives Advisory Committee and runs BAAFs Black Workers Support Groups open to BAAF members and their employees.