Children and Education Anti-Racist Praxis Conference: Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Oppression  

Monday 9 May – Thursday 12 May 2022

This conference is free and will take place at St John at Hackney Church (E5 0PD), The Tomlinson Centre (E8 3ND) and online. Check keynote speech and workshop Eventbrite listings for more information. 

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This conference aims to focus on practice to unmask, repair and prevent racial trauma on Black and Global majority ethnic children and families in Hackney.

We invite Council staff, partners and schools in Hackney and beyond to work through an approach with us at this event, where staff have an awareness and understanding of racial trauma and begin to examine strategies for healing and transformation.

There will be opportunities throughout the conference to hear from inspiring speakers, confront your racism within and challenge systemic racism through learning innovative strategies. We will weave in issues on racial justice, anti-racist practice and the trauma-informed approaches we can offer our Hackney children, families and community.


Keynote speeches and workshops will be held at St John at Hackney Church (E5 0PD), The Tomlinson Centre (E8 3ND) and online. Check individual Eventbrite listings for more information.  

Monday 9 May 2022

St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0PD

09.30 –  11.00 – Keynote speech: David Weaver

11.15 – 12.15pm – Panel discussion

12.15 – 13.45 – Lunch and networking

13.45 – 14.00 – Diane Benjamin (Director of Social Work, Hackney Council), Annie Gammon (Director of Education, Hackney Council), Jacquie Burke (Group Director Children and Education, Hackney Council)

13.30 – Keynote speech: Rosemary Campbell-Stephens

15.00 – 16.00 – Interactive Q&A

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Various locations 

09.30 – Choice of workshops 

Session 1: Did you stop to think? You might be the problem

Session 1: Black Trauma and Trauma Informed Anti-Racist Community Work 

Session 1: Bridging the gap – schools working with parents and carers

Session 1: Reflecting on trauma through youth diversion assessment talks

11.00 – Choice of workshops

Session 2: Did you stop to think? You might be the problem

Session 2: Black Trauma and Trauma Informed Anti-Racist Community Work 

Session 2: Bridging the gap – schools working with parents and carers

Session 2: Reflecting on trauma through youth diversion assessment talks

13.00 – Choice of workshops

Session 1: Anti Racism in Schools

A Brave Space to Talk about Racism 

Day to day racism impact on Black and Global Majority families mental health 

Anti Racist Education – the power of governors in bringing systemic change 

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Various locations

09.15 – Session 1: Therapeutic Practice to Support Racialised Trauma

09.30 – Choice of workshops

Session 1: Cultural Sensitivity Matching Children in Foster Arrangements

Session 1: SEND and Intersectionality in Practice

Session 1: Self-Regulation for Co-Regulation: Racialised Trauma Sensitivity 

11.00 – Choice of workshops 

Session 2: Cultural Sensitivity Matching Children in Foster Arrangements

Session 2: SEND and Intersectionality in Practice

Session 2: Self-Regulation for Co-Regulation: Racialised Trauma Sensitivity

 Self-reflexivity, systemic working, and sincere empathy in Education 

13.00 – Choice of workshops 

Session 2: Anti Racism in Schools

Session 2: Therapeutic Practice to Support Racialised Trauma 

The Voice and Influence of Young Futures

Thursday 12 May 2022

Various locations

09.45 – Keynote speech: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, followed by Voice of the Child

13.45 – Keynote speech: Jahnine Davis, introduced by Deputy Mayor Bramble


Keynote speakers

David Weaver

David Weaver is President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and previously served as a Governor / Trustee (2012 to 2016) and Vice President (from 2004 to 2009). He has played a key role in BACP’s drive to embed social justice and he strongly advocates the relevance of the counselling professions for ‘ordinary people and communities.’

A former social worker, university lecturer, local authority senior manager and political advisor and former political advisor to Home Office ministers including the Deputy Home Secretary and Home Secretary in the late 1990s, David represented the UK government on a council of Europe body – (European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) based in Vienna. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and anti-racism. Regularly featured in the media.

David holds an MSc in Human Resources Management and qualifications relating to coaching, mediation and psychological profiling.

Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE

Rosemary speaks, writes and delivers leadership development programmes for clients across the globe. She aims to situate the Global Majority at the heart of the conversation rather than ‘other’ them as minorities. By centring equity and social justice and decentralising patriarchal, colonial, linear, top-down leadership models that are unsustainable irrelevant, unethical and presently imploding, she goes beyond discussions about representation to reframing leadership purpose from an anti-racist Global Majority perspective.

She developed a leadership preparation programme focusing on increasing the numbers of Black and Asian leaders in London Schools, for the Institute of Education, University College London. Investing in diversity became the catalyst for all subsequent leadership programmes addressing the under-representation of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic leaders in England’s schools’ sector.

Rosemary frames her work through a critical race lens and describes herself as an anti-racist, humanist and womanist andwas awarded an MBE for thirty-five years’ service to education in the United Kingdom.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a political and women’s rights activist. She taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers, scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective, and co-organises women’s marches and social campaigns.

A New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, she is also a writer, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).

Jahnine Davis

 Jahnine’s session will pull together the conference discussions from across the week, considering and enacting what this means specifically for Hackney practices, and drawing on experiences such as Child C and Child Q.

Born and bred in Hackney, Jahnine Davis is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the safeguarding of Black children – with a core focus on adultification bias. Jahnine’s PhD research explores safeguarding responses to Black children when harm is outside of the home. Jahnine has over 20 years’ experience of working in both the charitable and statutory safeguarding arenas. This includes her current role as a member of the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. Jahnine is also the Co-Founder and Director of Listen Up, a company established to amplify lesser heard voices in child safeguarding research, practice, and policy.