Anti-racism and mental health in schools toolkit

A toolkit of 10 practical resources to improve education staff's understanding of racism and the impact it can have on mental health.

Experiencing racism has significant mental health consequences for young people. That’s why anti-racism needs to be considered as part of any school’s whole-school approach to mental health.

School leaders and staff have a critical role to play in creating an anti-racist culture, as well as directly supporting those who experience racism.

To help schools in this process, the Anna Freud Centre has created a set of 10 practical resources to improve education staff’s understanding of racism and its impact on mental health. These resources were co-authored by the Anna Freud Centre and anti-racism experts Hon. Stuart Lawrence and BLAM UK.

This toolkit is made up of these 10 resources, split into five simple steps. The resources can be worked through as a full set, but they can also be used individually, depending on which areas are current priorities for your school.

Some of the topics include:

  • how to support students who have experienced racism
  • writing an anti-racism policy and reviewing existing policies
  • holding cultural exchange events
  • how staff can improve their knowledge and confidence in this area

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • use by school staff

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