A Better Start Southend always endeavours to ensure its projects and services are open and accessible to all members of the community within our six wards, with children aged 0-4, irrespective of their race or background. We are aware that the tragic murder of unarmed black man George Floyd earlier this year in Minneapolis, America, is one of the latest injustices in a long history of inequality and pain for black people, and has again highlighted the racism and discrimination which is sadly all too present in our communities. A Better Start Southend stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and alongside Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Southend.

With our fantastic parents, who are so important to our work, and our brilliant partners, A Better Start Southend always strives to do better and as such, we are taking important steps to review our services to ensure they continue to welcome and support BAME families.

We will be creating a BAME Steering Group, which will bring together voices from across the A Better Start Southend partnership, in order to better understand the individual challenges BAME families experience. These voices will help us refine and develop our local services, to ensure they are right for all of our service users.

Black Lives Matter to us here at A Better Start Southend, and across our partnership, and we are determined to design and deliver services that give all children the very best possible start in life.

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