The dynamics of racism and anti-racism in a Scottish charity

Emily P Taylor, Farahnaz Mohammed, Sarah Kervin, Bryan Evans, Malika Bouazzaoui, Xin Zeng

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This research explored how staff and families using a Scottish trauma-informed charity. striving to enact anti-racism, understand and approach race and anti-racism in services for families of colour. Thematic analysis was applied to data from ten interviews with six staff participants and four families. Six interlinking themes emerged. Staff identified the charity as a ‘white organisation’ and sought ‘a common frame of reference’ with families, whilst families expressed overwhelming ‘gratitude’ to staff. ‘Identities were owned and disowned,’ with participants using ‘colour-blind’ racial ideologies. Staff ‘located responsibility’ for bridging cultural gaps in families of colour. White staff, whilst well-intentioned, did not express a fundamental understanding of racism, impeding their ability to enact anti-racism. This reflected wider Scottish policy and lay beliefs of being a post-racist society and challenged organisational attempts to fully embody trauma-informed practice. Challenges and recommendations for researching racism in the third sector are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Early online date4 Mar 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • anti-racism
  • racism
  • Scotland
  • trauma-informed family charity
  • colour-blind racial ideology


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