We at Bromley Y recognise that the number of young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities (BAME) being referred to our service may not reflect the number of young people from this sector of the population in Bromley who are suffering with mental health difficulties. The reasons for this are complex and often relate to historical events as well as cultural beliefs, systemic bias and stigma which discourage referrals for mental health support. As highlighted in the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Final Report in December 2018. and its subsequent recommendations.
We actively encourage young people from Bromley’s BAME communities to make use of the range of emotional support therapies we offer, as they may also feel marginalised within our community and wider society by the impact of experienced racism.
We value our mixed staff team that includes members from BAME backgrounds. We appreciate our collective diversity and hope it helps to make our service feel relevant and welcoming for all young people seeking emotional support in our community.
It is important to us at Bromley Y that we continually work towards improving access to our service for children, young people, families, parents/carers, from Bromley’s BAME communities.
We also hope that people from BAME backgrounds feel empowered to apply for employment opportunities with us, so we continue to keep our staff team’s ethnicity balance healthy and representative of the local Bromley community we support.
At Bromley Y we strive to provide an inclusive service in every aspect of our work, including our Board of Trustees, and we welcome suggestions from members of the public or other agencies to improve BAME representation at this level of our organisation’s governance.
Youth participation/representation is another key aspect of our work within the local community, young people who have accessed our service often have invaluable insights into ways we can improve and we also aim to increase involvement from young people of BAME backgrounds at this important level of our organisation as we strive towards equality and
inclusivity for all.
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