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Talking with children and young people about race and racism

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British Red Cross

This resource helps teachers and parents to create a safe space for children and young people to ask questions and discuss race and racism. Through our resources we aim to help learners become more empathetic and resilient through kindness and mutual respect. 

It provides information to help educators prepare for a conversation and introduce the topic to learners. It also includes several activities and analogies to help children and young people explore and discuss the topic. There are separate documents for children (ages 3 to 11) and young people (ages 11 to 18). 

Our Black Lives Matter resource for young people helps learners reflect on movement with a focus on how people might experience racism and how it might feel. 

Learning objectives  

Learners will:  

  • discuss racism in an open and safe environment and ask questions
  • use techniques like active listening to help develop understanding 
  • explore what a stereotype is and start to challenge assumptions we hear and see in the media  
  • celebrate others’ differences and similarities  
  • be empowered to create an anti-racist environment.  

Resource contents

  • PDF

    Talking to children about race and racism

  • PDF

    Talking to young people about race and racism


Equality, Social Justice

Age Ranges

Early Years: ages 3-5, KS1: ages 5-7, KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+, Whole school, EAL, SEND


Citizenship, History, Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking, Politics, PSHE / PSE / PSED, RE / RS, Remote learning, Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC)

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