Anti Racist Praxis Conference David Weaver, Rosemary Campbell-Stephens

Monday 9th May

Hackney’s Children & Education Anti Racist Praxis Conference, Keynote Speakers David Weaver, Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, Panel discussion


Children’s & Education Anti-Racist Praxis Conference: Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Oppression

This conference aims to focus on practice to unmask, repair and prevent racial trauma on Black and Global majority ethnic children and families in Hackney.

We want staff and partners from across the Council and Hackney to work through an approach with us at this event, where staff have an awareness and understanding of racial trauma and begin to examine strategies for healing and transformation.

There will be opportunities throughout the conference to hear from inspiring speakers, confront your racism within and challenge systemic racism through learning innovative strategies. We will weave in issues on racial justice, anti-racist practice and the trauma-informed approaches we can offer our Hackney children, families and community.


  • 9.30-11am Keynote Speaker: David Weaver
  • 11.15-12.15pm Panel discussion
  • 12.15-1.45pm Lunch and networking
  • 1.45-2pm Diane Benjamin (Director of Social Work, Hackney Council), Annie Gammon (Director of Education, Hackney Council), Jacquie Burke (Group Director Children and Education, Hackney Council)
  • 2-3pm Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE
  • 3-4pm Interactive Q&A

David Weaver: What is racism?

David Weaver is President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and previously served as a Governor / Trustee (2012 to 2016) and Vice President (from 2004 to 2009). He has played a key role in BACP’s drive to embed social justice and he strongly advocates the relevance of the counselling professions for ‘ordinary people and communities.’

A former social worker, university lecturer, local authority senior manager and political advisor and former political advisor to Home Office ministers including the Deputy Home Secretary and Home Secretary in the late 1990s, David represented the UK government on a council of Europe body – (European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) based in Vienna. He is passionate about social justice, human rights and anti-racism. Regularly featured in the media.

David holds an MSc in Human Resources Management and qualifications relating to coaching, mediation and psychological profiling.

Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE: Historical trauma

Rosemary speaks, writes and delivers leadership development programmes for clients across the globe. She aims to situate the Global Majority at the heart of the conversation rather than ‘other’ them as minorities.By centring equity and social justice and decentralising patriarchal, colonial, linear, top-down leadership models that are unsustainable irrelevant, unethical and presently imploding, she goes beyond discussions about representation to reframing leadership purpose from an anti-racist Global Majority perspective.

She developed a leadership preparation programme focusing on increasing the numbers of Black and Asian leaders in London Schools, for the Institute of Education, University College London. Investing in diversity became the catalyst for all subsequent leadership programmes addressing the under-representation of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic leaders in England’s schools’ sector.

Rosemary frames her work through a critical race lens and describes herself as an anti-racist, humanist and womanist andwas awarded an MBE for thirty-five years’ service to education in the United Kingdom.

Rosemary is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education, University College London.

Diane Benjamin, Director of Social Work, Hackney Council

On qualifying as a social worker, Diane’s formative years of practice were spent in Hackney, where she was part of the ‘reclaiming social work’ development. She then went on to hold posts in Newham and latterly Waltham Forest where she is currently Assistant Director for Safeguarding and Family Support.

Diane is committed to systemic practice and to this end is currently undertaking doctoral studies in this area; she is also ambitious to continue our work on overcoming inequality and disproportionality and the importance of partnership working to provide the best outcomes for our children and young people. In addition, Diane wants to continue to improve and innovate the services we provide to our community.

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