What is black lives matter (BLM)?
BLM is a movement founded in 2013 whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and challenge violence inflicted on black communities who believe in an inclusive and informative movement.
Words from our Director
At Nexus Fostering, we want all our children and young people, our families and our staff to work together to ensure children have a safe and happy childhood. However, we know that children and families from black, Asian and minority backgrounds face greater challenges in their childhoods and life chances. Nexus Fostering stands with black lives matter in their commitment to peacefully address and challenge inequities, unfairness and discrimination in all its subtle, indirect and direct forms.
We commit to challenging negative behaviour and stereotypes and encourage positive role models and portrayals of individuals and families from black and other racial minority groups. We aim to make a positive difference to the lives of black and racial minority children, families, foster carers and social workers. And we will continue to listen, learn and support the voices of our black and racial minority friends, families and colleagues.
Our Commitment to Change
Here at Nexus Fostering, we want to be proactive in the fight against racism. We are committed to having open and honest conversations with our colleagues, foster carers and our young people. In order to manage these conversations, we have organised a group of Nexus colleagues who are dedicated to become BLM ambassadors.
It is important that colleagues, carers and young people have people to speak with in regards to Racism. Details of how to contact the ambassadors, and to find further information about BLM are on the reverse.
by Candice Carty-Williams
- The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes
by Elijah Lawal
- Natives – Race and class in the ruins of empire:
- by Akala
- Why I’m no longer talking to white people about Race
- by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism
by Robin DiAngelo
- The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
- Why We Kneel, How we Rise
by Michael Holding
- Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernadine Evaristo
- National Literary Trust Recommended Book Lists for ages 0 – 16+
You will need to sign up to download the lists, this is free
- Sometimes You’re a Caterpillar
Excellent Short animation on YouTube for Children & Young People
- How to talk to your children about race and racism
Article from BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
- Explaining Black Lives Matter -vs- All Lives Matter to Young Children
Informative slide presentation
- Newsround: special about racism and current affairs
CBBC Newsround special
- Newsround: Why are people arguing about statues?
CBBC Newsround item
- Black Lives Matter Resources for Teenagers
Zoella page: includes links for many media platforms
FILMS AND TV
- 13th, by Ava DuVernay: Certificate 15
- When They See Us, by Ava DuVernay: Certificate 15
- Dear White People, by Justin Simien: Certificate 15
- If Beale Street Could Talk, by Barry Jenkins: Certificate 15
- Just Mercy, by Destin Daniel Cretton: Certificate 12
- Selma, by Ava DuVernay: Certificate 12
- I Am Not your Negro, by James Baldwin: Certificate 12