The black and minority ethnic family policy forum

The black and minority ethnic family policy forum

Funded by the Home Office, April 2000- March 2002

For further information, contact Tracey Bignall.

What were the aims of the project?

This project aimed to develop effective family policy and services for black and minority ethnic families.  We worked with a wide range of black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations to:

  • identify issues which were significant for black and minority ethnic families
  • consider how these may vary from community to community, or between generations
  • facilitate ‘informed conversations’ about the issues and explore their relevance to mainstream providers
  • provide the organisations with information about national parenting and family support initiatives.

We reported our findings to Home Office Ministers, the Chief Executive of the National Family and Parenting Institute and other mainstream agencies to:

  • highlight the parenting and family support issues which black and minority ethnic organisations raised as important
  • share good practice from black and minority ethnic organisations
  • influence services, local practice and government policy.

How were these aims fulfilled?

Family Policy Forum

We worked with several service users and 29 black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations which provided family support services. The forum participated in eight ‘informed conversations’ to:

  • consider evidence and issues highlighted in a set of briefing papers produced by the Race Equality Foundation
  • explore and discuss how these issues relate to black and minority ethnic families
  • help organisations share good practice and practical experience.

Regional seminars

Regional seminars in Coventry, Manchester and Birmingham facilitated discussion with local black-led voluntary organisations.

Policy discussion papers

The policy discussion papers were circulated to over 300 organisations across the UK including:

  • black and minority ethnic voluntary organisations
  • faith based organisations
  • mainstream parenting and family support agencies

What we produced