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RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Approved Research/Dissertation title:
Cultural competence in social work intervention with black children and their families: What practitioners could learn from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Type of Dissertation:
Literature Review -Narrative
Research aims:
The current study investigates the impact of practitioners’ cultural competence in social work interventions with black children and their families, exploring the effect this may have on the disproportionate representation of black children in child protection services.
The study will also investigate the link between cultural competence and the activities of the Black Lives Matter movement over the last year. This research focuses on elucidating the particular needs and experiences of black children and families.
Whilst the study recognises the heterogeneous nature of this group in terms of their varied lived experiences, histories, cultures and ethnicities, this study is interested more specifically in their experiences in relation to their shared ‘black’ race.

Research Questions
• How is cultural competence applied in social work and what are the barriers to its application
• What is the Black Lives Matter movement and what is their contribution to the anti-racism discourse?
• Is cultural competence the ultimate answer to racism in social work.

Research Objectives
The following research objectives fulfil the aim of the current study:
• To analyse the application of cultural competence in social work practice within children services.
• To evaluate the factors contributing to the disproportional representation of some ethnic minorities in child protection services.
• To highlight lessons practitioners could learn from the Black Lives Matter movement in terms of cultural competence.
Rationale of the Study
In the UK, there seem to be considerable inconsistencies in practice in terms of cultural competence leading to black minorities being disproportionately represented in children services. This research aims to demonstrate that there is room for improvement in cultural competence in the UK, especially in the current context of multicultural communities. Most practitioners would have to deal with a black family at some point in their career. Increasing attention has been paid to cultural competence over the recent years, and therefore, cultural competence has gained more significance than ever.
On the other hand, it is analysed that unchallenged normative perceptions of black people over the years appear to have led to practitioners misinterpreting most situations involving black people and assessing risks ineffectively. Such culturally insensitive approach has adversely affected black children and their families in children services. This research attempts to demonstrate that the gap in cultural competence had led to feeling of being misunderstood, misjudged, treated unfairly, and resentment of social services among black communities. Moreover, this has contributed to a great extent in many of the activities of the Black Lives Matter movement over the last year as well.

Background
In the current context of multicultural communities in the UK, cultural competence has gained more importance than ever, and most practitioners would have to deal with a black family at some point in their carrier. But unchallenged normative perceptions of black people over the years appears to have led to practitioners misinterpreting most situations involving black people and assessing risks ineffectively, with this leading to black children/families being misrepresented in children services. Consequently, there seems to be a disproportionate representation of black children/families in child protection services in the UK, with limited justification of this disproportionality given in literature. There is need to shed some light into the reason(s) why such disproportionalities exist, and I intend to highlight some of these reasons through this research.
The research will simultaneously attempt to demonstrate that gap in cultural competence had led to feeling of being misunderstood, misjudged, treated unfairly, and also resentment of social services among black communities. And this contributed to a great extend to many of the activities of the Black Lives Matter movement over the last two years.

Methodology
The study will be based on a review of current relevant literature on Cultural competence, anti-racist social work, racial inequalities in children welfare, and Black Lives Matter movement.

Type of service: Dissertation Services
Type of assignment: Dissertation
Subject: Sociology
Pages/words: 37/10175
Number of Sources: 70
Academic level: Master’s
Paper Format: Harvard
Line spacing: Double
Language style: UK English