As part of a series on child care policy, this book describes the situation of black families in Britain who face many problems stemming from both racial discrimination and from the aftermath of migration: the latter, while it opened up new opportunities, also imposed strains felt beyond the generation of people who were newcomers to Britain. The welfare services have not always dealt with the problems of poverty, poor housing and unemployment in appropriate ways. Disproportionate numbers of black children are in care, with less chance of reunion with their parents than white children. Care provided by local authorities may also be insensitive to diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultural needs. Only recently have black substitute parents been found for black children. Welfare services for young offenders have also not been operated adequately for black adolescents, so disproportionate numbers are in youth custody establishements. In the early 1980s, social services began to recognize these problems and this book describes developments and explores possible ways of providing services which are appropriate to Britain's multi-racial population.
The contributors seeks to describe practical ways of meeting needs, and their implications for black families and the practitioners and administrators who work with them. Juliet Cheetham is the author of "Social Work and Ethnicity".
Part 1 Under-fives and their day care - ways of assessing and improving practice: Afro-Caribbean children in day care, Asrat-Girma; black children in a day nursery - some issues of practice, Shama Ahmed; cultural action for the under-fives - training strategies developed by the Building Blocks project, Judith Koetter et al; practice in a community nursery for black children, Syble Morgan; training responses, Maureen O'Hagan; policies for day care, Clifford Headley. Part 2 Black children in care: transracial placements - conflicts and contradictions, John Small; some psychological models of black self-concept, Jocelyn Emama Maxime; reviewing black children in care, Juliet Cheetham; the experience of Bradford Social Services Department, Mike Mennell. Part 3 Work with women and girls: an Asian mothers' self-help group, Samar Sheik; cultural racism in work with Asian women and girls, Shama Ahmed; an Asian women's refuge, Surinder Guru. Part 4 Work with young black offenders: developing an anti-racist intermediate treatment, John Pitts et al; towards a training for an anti-racist intermediate treatment, John Pitts et al.