Promoting race equality

We explore evidence of discrimination and disadvantage, and use that knowledge to help overcome barriers and promote race equality in public services, including health, housing and social care. Learn more

Health & Care

Find out more about our work on health, well-being, and social care through our Better Health briefings and a range of other projects and reports

Children & Families

Find out more about our work on safeguarding, adoption, and family support through our projects, including the evidenced based SFSC programme


Find award winning work on housing, including our range of Better Housing briefings and a range of resources on ethnic disparities within the housing market


Explore resources and commentary on a range of issues including criminal justice, poverty and economic disadvantage, and the wider environment

Help us highlight inequality and work to ensure all communities receive the support and services they need.



  • 2Dec

    Race Equality Foundation comments on latest ethnicity and criminal justice system figures

    Commenting on the latest MoJ ethnicity and the criminal justice system figures, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “These figures tell a disturbing story that is unfortunately all too familiar: if you are from a minority ethnic group, you are disproportionately likely to end up in the criminal justice system compared to your […]

  • 29Nov

    Race Equality Foundation signs joint statement on the Channel crossing tragedy

    The Race Equality Foundation has signed a joint statement with over 150 other organisations, asking the Government to put safety first. — Following the tragic deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel – including children – it is time for serious action. We cannot stand by and let this Government’s harsh rhetoric and ill-thought-out approach go unchecked.   This Government’s policy of […]

  • 11Nov

    Race Equality Foundation comments on Mbrrace report on deaths of Black pregnant women

    Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “This distressing evidence of Black women being more than four times more likely to die in childbirth, adds insult to injury because it shows little has improved over the past decade, or longer.   “Worryingly, there is evidence that NHS England’s commitment to provide ‘continuity of care’, […]

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Parenting: the journey ahead

I have now been an accredited Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) facilitator for around three years, having delivered numerous face-to-face programmes and more than 50 online programmes! Training to become

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Meeting rooms for hire

The Foundation’s training rooms are a modern suite of meeting rooms in a refurbished warehouse building. Located in a fully accessible building five minutes’ walk from Kentish Town underground/rail stations, our comfortable facilities offers the space and services you need to run a successful event.

We have two rooms that can be used for a variety of events – seminars, workshops, training and meetings. Both rooms have wide windows with natural light. The rooms are available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

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  • Option to hire full day or half day
  • Fully wheelchair accessible rooms
  • Friendly and flexible staff to support your event organisation
  • Excellent modern equipment and facilities
  • Catering available

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All training courses (Including SFSC facilitator and advanced training), seminars, conferences and other dissemination and policy events can be found here.
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Briefings & Reports

Find all Better Health and Better Housing Briefing papers here, responding to specific issues, pulling together research and identifying how these can improve practice. Also here are a number of other reports produced by the Foundation.
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Information for parents and practitioners on the evidenced based parenting programme Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities, including training dates, programme evaluations, and current projects.
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  • I was referred by my daughter’s social worker because there were some areas I was
    lacking behind in my parenting; my social worker was worried about my daughter. Since
    I started on the course I’ve been gaining loads about how to promote my child’s social
    and emotional development. And it’s really helped me so much. I’m very very
    thankful for these people and our teachers for the support and encouragement through
    these sessions. And I say a very big thank you to everyone.

    Dad from LB Lambeth
  • Greatly appreciated the level of critical information and strategic discussion linked directly to practical and direct advice and information about action possible.

    Delegate from Exeter JSNA training
  • The programme gave me a lot of confidence in what I was doing already. I was doing a good job – I just needed to maybe do some things differently. The bits on behaviour, praise and positive discipline were really useful.

    #CANparent participant
  • Just a short note to thank you both so much for attending and contributing to the conference last week. It was deemed a great success, and your contributions were a key part of that. The evaluations were excellent, and there was mention of both of you as being a very important part of the event. I hope we can work together again before too long. Thanks a million for your help and support.

    John ColemanUniversity of Oxford
  • We have been impressed by your commitment to this project and that you have delivered that which was required within the tight timescales. You rose to every challenge that was encountered and we are therefore grateful to you for the dedication that was shown

    Bekah LittleHead of Programme at the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
  • Thank you so much for the four week parenting course- it seriously works!! If I have another baby, can I repeat the course?

    It really has helped, I have really noticed a difference in our family. Even when problems arise I feel better equipped; I can access my tool box of information to deal with it: I feel calm, and in control and, best of all, confident that I do know what to do. The best thing is knowing that for every behaviour there is a reason; I can rationalise [my daughter's] behaviour. I really feel empowered and able to deal with behaviours that arise- even in only four weeks! (which is how long it takes to change a behaviour- it's true!) The course was so straightforward, uncomplicated and realistic. The advice given is easy to transfer to the home environment- which is all down to both of you being so friendly and approachable.

    This will make you laugh: you have become my driving instructor! I was never a very confident learner driver, but having had a good instructor I felt confident driving, even now I can hear him occasionally in my head when I drive. I know that sounds odd! That's kind of how it is now, when a problem arises with [my daughter] I can refer to you talking us through situations and it helps- thank you!

    CANparent delegate
  • I have circulated Claire’s briefing paper widely and feedback I have had from colleagues is that it is extremely readable and useful…. Our new report on how Carers Centres and Crossroads Care schemes work with carers from BME and seldom heard communities refers to the briefing and Claire was involved as a member of the advisory group. It was great to be able to work together and have the benefit of her knowledge, and ultimately carers will benefit as people working with them will have a clearer understanding of the issues.

    Cath BakerPrincess Royal Trust for Carers, speaking about Better Health briefing paper 20
  • I found the conference really interesting and well-organised. It was particularly interesting to note the often contradictory narratives in terms of causes. Certain parts of the media seem to want to paint the riots as "race riots" (whereas, apart from the initial trigger event in Tottenham, this doesn't seem to have been the case), whilst at the same time playing down any class/poverty aspects (e.g. the constant reference in certain papers to a "millionaire's daughter" being arrested for looting). I thought it was good to hear the differences between rioting and looting being so clearly spelled out - now that's something I haven't seen in the Daily Mail!

    Adrian JonesDelegate at After the Riots
  • Thank you very much for delivering such a provoking presentation yesterday. You really highlighted the challenges BME women face and the different debates and theories. Your presentation was a real eye opener especially to those who have not considered how the factors you highlighted contribute to disadvantage. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule.

    Kau BellehThe Women's Empowerment conference
  • I know I have a really quick temper but I like it here and I am relaxed because it’s interesting and not like school

    Young Parent in Waltham Forest
  • We only worked with you for a short time, but the impact has been more than we expected, and the Race Equality Foundation's support has been very much appreciated. We really hope we keep the good partnership going and achieve more together. We will ensure that we keep in touch, you know where we are and you are welcome anytime to Liverpool!

    Joint organiser of Liverpool Forced Marriage conference
  • I thought it was a very good event. Quite thought-provoking stuff from all the speakers. The discussion sessions were also very useful and raised awareness of various key issues relating to housing and its links with health/well-being.The food was excellent too!

    Delegate from Health and Housing Roundtable event
  • My daughter (aged 3) slept through the night and went to sleep for the first time in forever without tears. Thank you for your kindness and time.

    Mum in Waltham Forest
  • I have been meaning to write to thank all at REF for so kindly welcoming our students to the excellent conference and for the opportunity for them and me to gain so much. They were thrilled to be able to carry out so many interviews, listen to and be inspired and challenged by the speakers and engage so fully in the event. It was hugely appreciated by all of us and congratulations on such a wide-ranging and thought provoking event. They also gave the refreshments 20 out of 10!
    With my deepest thanks and best wishes to all. I am especially grateful for the ease with which you all facilitated our involvement and were so supportive to us.

    Martin SpaffordDelegate at After the Riots
  • REF helped SPAN to introduce SFSC to the South West 6 years ago. They have helped us to train facilitators, set up programmes, deliver peer support, supervise facilitators, chase funding, monitor and evaluate, recruit and retain parents, provided a practitioners’ website, a telephone helpline and invited us to their fabulous annual SFSC conference. Our work in partnership with REF has helped us to establish a network of support for parents right across the South West. With REF's help we have turned parents’ lives around. We are getting the most amazing results with parents, children and schools providing evidence of major improvements in family communication, discipline, engagement in community activities, breaking isolation and parent' progression into further training, volunteering and plans for future employment.

    Annie OliverParenting Support Manager, SPAN, speaking about the SFSC parenting programme
  • It was a rare opportunity for me to meet in one place commissioning professionals, procurement representatives and small businesses specialising in providing interpreting and translation services across England. It was apparent that commissioners did not fully understand the procurement role and procurement looked puzzled by the commissioners' approach to the market place. Furthermore, it was obvious small interpretation and translation services providers were dissatisfied with the many obstacles to access public contracts

    Renata TowlsonSpeaking about the In your own words event
  • I just wanted to thank you and all your colleagues at the Race Equality Foundation for organizing the After the Riots conference on Saturday.
    It was indeed a great event, inspiring and uplifting. I feel that it was a very creative event offering much to think about. So much care had clearly gone into organizing everything from the selection of the panels to the mix of those who attended, to the excellent catering for us all.
    I am sure you must have all been heartened by the energy and dynamism of the afternoon.

    Meena SharinDelegate at the After the Riots conference
  • From an equality of access point of view, a very useful set of resource tool kits to help and empower practitioners at all levels gain access to vital information about the health & housing needs of black minority and ethnic communities. We found these briefing papers to have been of particular interest to our Diversity Ambassador Programme, a network of 75 organisations (made up of both voluntary and charities across all equality strands) who advocate and lobby on behalf of their respective minority communities

    Yasir MirzaHead of Diversity at Guardian News & Media, speaking about the Better Health and Better Housing project
  • SFSC is more than a parenting programme. It really made me think about the values and beliefs that exist within my family and what I want to pass on to my children. I'd recommend it to any parent.

    Parent speaking about the SFSC parenting programme
  • As a Policy Officer for the African Health Policy Network, I find the Better Health Briefing Papers of great use. They are brief, coherent, logically argued and well-referenced. The range of topics covered by experts in the field are both interesting and contemporary. The policy implications and ways to move forward on the topics in question are made explicit. There is also a real sense that the authors truly understand the issues affecting ethnic minorities in relation to health inequalities in the UK.

    Abdus ShumanPolicy and Public Affairs Officer, African Health Policy Network, speaking about the Better Health briefings
  • Before the programme I was under the impression that all that could be done had been done, and that there was nowhere else to turn. But from the guests on the programme and the handouts that were given out I know that there are other services that I can access, like the Family Information Service.

    Parent of child with ASD after SFSC programme
  • I thought that the training you offered was outstanding, the best I have had in many years, both in content and delivery. I cannot wait to get started – which is good really as the group begins this week!

    Project Manager, Coram Family
  • I have been accessing the support of the REF since 2007 when I started working on running SFSC programmes. The REF are very helpful, efficient and the staff are great. It’s great to know you can always ring on the helpline number for support. They have worked hard on the support package they offer in the last couple of years and it’s good to know someone will always get back to you if not be able to answer your question immediately. One of the best things about the REF is their vision for the future, commitment to research as well as their drive to support facilitators to use and share best practice. As a facilitator and project worker/Coordinator I feel really supported

    Rachel HornsbySFSC Project Worker, Bath and North East Somerset Council, speaking about the SFSC parenting programme
  • I attended a Drug and Alcohol Education conference last week where there
    was a  discussion about recent research into 'what works'.   Strengthening
    Families scored high for successfully changing lives. I can totally understand

    Sexual Health and Relationships NurseLondon Borough of Lambeth
  • I’ve enjoyed coming to this course and always look forward for Monday as new and improved parent techniques were taught. It helped me to calm and control my temper and anger and deal with  stressful situations that sometimes I have to tackle with my child. I’ve liked when parents open up with their family situations and it made me realise that I'm not on my own and I even learned from other parents and prepared me for other situation my child might get to especially when hitting the teenage period. I would recommend this course to every parent and I wish it would be mandatory as it's a good way to learning our day to day basis with our kids. The coordinators were amazing, always listened to our drama and never judged and provide us with nice food and clean environment. Thanks

    Mum from Southwark


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