Racial and religious harrassment

Racial and religious harrassment

The experience of racism and or religious harassment is likely to affect the responses of the child and family to the assessment and enquiry processes. All professionals involved with families who may be experiencing or who have in the past experienced racial or religious harassment should take account of race, culture and religion and the individual needs of the child and family. All professionals and agencies have a duty to meet training and development needs in order to deliver an appropriate and professional service which takes account of individual need.

Any professional working with a child and family who are experiencing racial and/or religious harassment must ensure that she/he makes no assumptions about the effects of harassment or, indeed any issue in respect of the race, culture or religion.

Failure to protect a child from racism (whether it originates from within or outside of the family) or take action when racism is being alleged is likely to undermine all other efforts being made to promote the welfare of the child.

Children and families may suffer racial and/or religious harassment sufficient in frequency and seriousness to undermine parenting capacity. In responding to concerns about children in the family, full account needs to be taken of this context and every reasonable effort made to end the harassment.