Equity in Children’s Services

In this week's podcast episode Leyla speaks to Laurelle Brown about equity in children's services and how to make it more inclusive to kick off Black History Month 2022. Continue Reading Equity in Children’s Services

Welcome to the 162nd episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. It’s Black History Month and this year’s theme is Time for Change: Action Not Words. This week we are focussing on equity on children’s services and making it more inclusive. To do this, I am joined by Laurelle Brown, Founder and Director of Laurelle Brown Training and Consultancy.

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About my guest

Laurelle is a JNC qualified Youth and Community practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of third, private, community and public sector services for children, young people, and families, in a range frontline, research, strategy and leadership roles. As Director of Laurelle Brown Training and Consultancy (LBTC), Laurelle collaborates with clients to develop and embed inclusion across practice, leadership and systems for children and young people.

Laurelle is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people, and to this
end, is also a Churchill Fellow, Co-Founder and Director of KIJIJI, a membership organisation for Black safeguarding professionals, an Independent Visitor to a care experienced young person, Independent Trustee for the Internet Watch Foundation, Independent Scrutineer at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Safeguarding Partnership Lay Member at the London Borough of
Waltham Forest and school governor.

In today’s show on Equity in Children’s Services

  • More about Laurelle and the work she does. [02:11]
  • Why she decided to work in the safeguarding sector. [04:21]
  • What the term “inclusive services” means to her. [07:14]
  • Some things social services as a whole could be doing differently [12:59]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [25:18]

Quotes on Equity in Children’s Services

  • Inclusive services are services that allow people to thrive in their work.
  • People in social services roles do an incredible job.
  • Thinking about how I look after my mental health is really important for me.
  • One of the most important things that I do is manage exposure to content and stress, which I think has a massive, positive impact on my mental health.
  • Routinely getting this feedback and using it to inform the design and delivery of our practice and our services is very important.

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