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Our pledge to challenge racism

Date: 15 July 2021 to 31 December 2098

A message from Caroline Haynes, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Chair of the Trust’s Workforce Committee, and Dr Vivek Patil, Deputy Medical Director and Chair of the Trust’s BAME network, reaffirming the Trust’s zero tolerance approach to racism.

Caroline Haynes, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development:

Like many people, I was appalled by the behaviours of those who, following the final of the Euros at Wembley, went on to racially abuse some of the players.

As a parent, and with a child of the age of one of the players, I was also thinking about the impact on those young people of the disgraceful attacks they have been subjected to.

The wall with messages of support and outpouring of love towards Marcus Rashford and his team mates shows that there are enough of us to combat the narrative of the few, nonetheless we must never stay silent when witnessing racism and or any other form of abuse. That’s why the Trust’s Workforce Committee discussed this morning (Wednesday, July 14) our joint commitment to SCFT being an anti-racism organisation. As Chair of the Committee, which exists to support our staff in all respects, I wanted to share this commitment with all colleagues.

All members of the Committee have pledged to challenge racism in our organisation in any and all ways that they can and to lead by example.

We have many sources of support so if this is affecting you please tell someone - your manager or a colleague who can officially report it. We must and will stand together to stamp out any and all forms of racism.

Vivek Patil, Deputy Medical Director and Chair of the BAME staff network at SCFT, added:

It has been a tough couple of days for many individuals but I am overwhelmed by the reaction of thousands across the country.

To me those three players have brought home the unity among us. At an individual level I will never tolerate racism and I am proud to say that our Trust stands for zero tolerance towards racism. If anyone is affected by the events earlier in the week please feel free to contact BAME network committee members or myself.