Published On: 8 November 2022

Commenting on the report publication of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said:

“We welcome the publication of the important report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Race Equality Foundation ran focus groups for the Inquiry and the inclusion of key findings from these in the final report is positive to see.

“Key amongst the findings were the struggles that Black, Asian and minority ethnic girls and boys faced in disclosing their experiences and securing appropriate support, with the Inquiry hearing about the persistence of stereotypes and racism.

“However, it is disappointing that the recommendations do not identify how the response of practitioners and their organisations will change to ensure that Black, Asian and minority ethnic children are able to disclose and secure appropriate support.

“The call for organisations to do better in recording ethnicity is welcome, but not sufficient.  We would have expected the inquiry to recommend the need to improve training of practitioners, better supervision, better therapeutic interventions, more support for trusted voluntary and community organisations, accompanied by systems to monitor the quality of support provided.”


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The Race Equality Foundation is a national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We do this by:

·         Exploring what is known about discrimination and disadvantage

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The Foundation was established in 1987 as part of the National Institute for Social Work and was known as the Race Equality Unit. It became an independent charitable organisation in 1995, and in 2006, changed its name to the Race Equality Foundation.

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