Disproportionality & Anti Racism

London children’s services are determined to tackle the racial disparities which impact upon the children and families we serve, our staff in their workplace and our communities.

In December 2021 we hosted the Leadership In Colour Pan London Conference for over 200 colleagues.

ALDCS has initiated a five-year leadership development programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff to ensure individuals are supported to fulfil their potential and our organisations are places of genuine equal opportunity; free from racism or discrimination.

In this section we share the work which is being undertaken to address racial disparities and promote anti-racist practice.

We are collecting examples of current practice undertaken by colleagues and partners across London. You can view a listing of our developing library below, with useful descriptionS of each document in the sub-regional and pan-London pages. We are keen to expand this developing resource so please contribute using our Sharing Practice template, or contact our LIIA Programme Lead, Matt Raleigh.

Priority areas for collaboration have been agreed by colleagues in North Central London and East London, with Terms of Reference in place for North Central London's Youth Justice Disproportionality Working Group.

"We recognise that the Black Lives Matter Movement presents a challenge to do better which applies to all of us."  Extract from the Statement from the Association of London Directors of Children's Services which can be read in full here.


Leadership in Colour - Two Years In

The Leadership in Colour Programme was created in August 2020 at the request of ALDCS to help address the under-representation of Global Majority staff in senior leadership positions within London’s Children’s Services.

The programme is designed and overseen by a Reference Group consisting of Global Majority managers from across London’s Children’s Services and currently numbers 65 people.  

It is chaired by Merlin Joseph (LIIA Anti-Racism Strategic Lead and former Lambeth DCS) and operates through LIIA.  

Previous initiatives to address under-representation had not been successful and the involvement of affected staff was considered critical to bringing about real change.  There was frank acknowledgement that systemic racism has been a factor in workforce disproportionality and that both developmental opportunities for staff and organisational change were needed. Staff College are commissioned to run elements of the programme and work with the Reference Group on programme design.


Sharing Practice

LIIA are committed to sharing and collaborating across London, and we are keen to capture examples of current practice by our London partners. Please download our Sharing Pracitce template and return it to Matthew Raleigh on the below contact details.

To learn more about Leadership In Colour and the leadership development programme delivered in partnership with The Staffing College and the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI), please click on the below leaflets.

A useful summary of LIIA's current disproportionality and anti-racist 2021-2022 work can be found here

To discuss this programme or disproportionaility and anti-racism work more broadly please contact Matt Raleigh, LIIA Programme Lead at matthew.raleigh@londoncouncils.gov.uk




Contact Details

LIIA Strategic Lead: Ben Byrne
LIIA Programme Lead: Matt Raleigh

Library of practice arranged by sub-regional and pan-London contributions

We are grateful to colleagues who have agreed to share their practice on these pages. You may use the Search Box below to look for specific areas of interest. 

Examples of work from the North-Central sub-region



Camden Anti-racist work and tackling disproportionality

Snapshot of Camden’s work, including staff support, social work and early help practice, corporate parenting, youth justice and corporate.


Camden Building Equal Foundations report

Tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid 19 on Black, Asian and Ethnic Communities in Camden


Camden BLM Supporting People action plan 14 Dec 2020



Co-produced plan covering the following areas:

  • Creating safe spaces for Black staff
  • Having a diverse workforce and ensuring career development opportunities
  • Changing culture and having representative leadership that reflects our diverse community.
  • Adopting anti-racist approaches and addressing issues that affect the Black community and intersectionality.
  • Improving ethnicity data and gaining a better understanding of our Black community.
  • Working with our partners to address and challenge racism


CSCP Annual Report 2019-20

Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership Annual Report



Unconscious Bias & Anti-Racism Programme

Unconscious Bias & Anti-Racism Programme – a programme of interactive workshops delivered to school leadership.



Widening Participation in HE

Widening participation in HE – building apprenticeship and other HE opportunities, including transition from school to colleges.



Quality first education for all

Quality first education for all – promoting diversity awareness within early years and school settings.



Recruitment and Retention of Black School Governors

Recruitment and Retention of Black School Governors - The founder of the National Black Governors’ Network, Sharon Warmington, is working with Enfield Council in collaboration with Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster to increase diversity on governing boards.


Disproportionality analysis project

Disproportionality Awareness Project - Tracking disproportionality analysis throughout the journey of the child from birth to 18 through services. Reviewing workforce demographic and training in equality and diversity across the partnership. Analysis with be shared with partners and will inform an action plan to tackle BAME disproportionality within Enfield.



Hackney Anti-racist work and tackling disproportionality


Snapshot of Hackney’s work, including development of Black Leadership Group, Recruitment, Social Work and Youth Justice practice.  Details of programme to improve long term outcomes for young black men. Details of Educational Equalities Plan, including links to Hackney Diverse Curriculum and Listening to Parents talking about Race.


Hackney - Embedding an Anti-Racist culture and mindset in an organisation

Hackney’s corporate strategy covering workforce and community anti-racist approaches.  For more information, please contact Sonia Khan -sonia.khan@hackney.gov.uk


Please contact Matt Raleigh for further details.

Snapshot of Haringey’s work, including the serious violence and disproportionality pathfinder, the learning from which has cascaded into wider early help and targeted system.  Embedding anti-racism in pastoral approaches in 7 Haringey secondary schools. Running race and identity programmes and a podcast for young people.


Please contact Matt Raleigh for further details.

Snapshot of Barnet’s work, including educational psychology and wider education strategy, demographics, including a high Orthodox Jewish population, workforce listening and support, and the challenge of addressing longstanding disproportionality in senior management and political leadership. 

Examples of work from the East sub-region  


Redbridge Anti-racist work and tackling disproportionality



Snapshot of Redbridge’s work, including a focus on operational practice and making tangible differences to outcomes.  Decision to lead with a youth justice lens and use learning/progress to develop change in rest of system.  Wider education, youth council and Black History/Curriculum initiatives. 

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Anti-racism work and tackling disproportionality


Snapshot of Tower Hamlet’s work, including the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Commission, thematic areas of leadership, education and health. Change in use of language to describe problem areas more directly.  Training and listening initiatives with staff, alongside recruitment/progression policy.  Identified need for better data – where it exists, the solutions are superior.   Work with schools.  Undertaking learning alongside adult services.

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Anti-racist work and tackling disproportionality

Snapshot of Waltham Forest’s strategy as an employer, a deliverer of services, and a catalyst for change within the community.  Includes detail of workforce engagement and listening, reverse mentoring and staff training. Links are embedded to three key community facing strategies in Families at the Heart of our Place, Enabling Yong People to Thrive, and Connecting Communities.

Examples of work from the South sub-region


Embedding Race Equality in Lewisham Schools London Borough of Lewisham


A range of initiatives within Lewisham's education sector including a leadership programme to develop aspiring BAME leaders, the development of a decolonised and inclusive curriculum, and the establishment of a Race Equality Steering Group bringing together head teachers, teaching schools alliances, governors and the council to embed race equality and raise the attainment of Black Caribbean pupils across Lewisham.

Examples of work developed by LIIA and our partners 



Summary of Anti-Racist and Disproportionality work under the LIIA work programme

Chief Executive Leadership Committee

 Tackling Racial Inequality Programme

Pan London strategic programme with three strands in Demonstrating Leadership, Our Role as Large Employers, and Challenging and Improving Practice across Services.  Immediate and longer-term objectives and RAG rating of current situation.   For more information contact Tom Pickup at London Councils.

MOPAC / London CRB

Please contact Matt Raleigh

Bringing together existing work and developing an umbrella strategy to disproportionality in youth justice.  Three key strategic goals:

  • To understand the extent of disproportionality in the CJS, including experiences at the key life milestones, in order to inform decisions and interventions. 
  • To develop and establish action to tackle disproportionality – addressing disparities, inequality and unfairness within the system. 
  • To deliver the actions recorded to help establish and embed change within the CJS, this includes supporting or unblocking aspiring activity.

London Councils

Tackling Disproportionality:  Good Practice Case Studies in Schools.

Case studies of efforts to address disproportionality in exclusion, attainment, curriculum, and governance/leadership.  Includes the following examples:

  • Raising the Game (Lambeth)
  • Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men (Hackney)
  • Haringey Education Partnership: The BAME achievement strategy (Haringey)
  • Raising the achievement of boys of Black Caribbean heritage (Brent)


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Leadership Programme

Pilot programme to address under-representation in Children's Services leadership.  Co-designed by a Pan London Reference Group of staff and Staff College.  Three elements:

  • Staff Development
  • Organisational Change
  • Pan London Staff Conference

 For more information contact Matthew Raleigh at London Councils.