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Root out racism

Root out racism is a movement to tackle structural and institutionalised racism.

Root Out Racism (ROR) was launched by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership in 2021 and included a high-profile visible event that happened in Bradford’s City Park. The movement was launched following an independent review into the experiences of ethnically diverse staff and communities in West Yorkshire. The review was commissioned in response to the murder of George Floyd in America.

Bradford District and Craven is taking a leading role in renewing its commitment to dismantling and eradicating institutional racism across the district. We are doing this by being the first in West Yorkshire to launch the second stage of the Root Out Racism movement.

Phase 2

The second stage of the ROR movement is action focused.

This stage aims to drive a culture which is anti-racist, an environment where unconscious and conscious bias is challenged, and a system where institutional racism that perpetuates inequality, favouritism and unfair outcomes is seen as and dealt with as any other serious incident.

To do this the ROR core team have prioritised:

  • the maternity journey and experiences of black and south Asian women
  • mental health support in the community for ethnically and culturally diverse communities
  • supporting young people into employment from ethnically and culturally diverse communities
  • addressing educational inequality in minoritised communities.

Action that is being taken as part of these priorities includes mandatory training and development for staff across all sectors, clear representation of ethnically diverse staff across organisations in the district, listening and engaging with ethnically diverse communities and sharing their stories and lived experience of racism. ROR will also drive a commitment from leaders and all senior and middle managers to evidence their commitment to supporting the movement.

Race equality is everyone’s business.

Mel Pickup, Place Lead, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership said: “Racism continues to exist within structures and organisations across our district. This means that people and communities in our district continue to face racial inequalities and experience discrimination. This is not acceptable.

“We proudly celebrate the richness of cultural backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that a diverse population brings. There is no place for racism in Bradford District and Craven. We are committed to getting this right, with no excuses and will continue to inform, challenge and call out any behaviour that goes against our firm commitment to being anti-racist.”

How you can take action to tackle racism

Visit the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership website to see what action you can take to root out racism: Root out racism (

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