‘Adultification’ bias: why racial and other stereotypes mean children are not all treated as equally vulnerable or innocent, and what this means for safeguarding practice

28/03/2022 14:00 - 15:00

Adultification occurs when notions of innocence and vulnerability are not afforded to certain children. If professionals view some children as more ‘adult’ due to factors such as race, gender and class, their wellbeing, safeguarding needs and rights as children can be diminished or overlooked.

This session by Listen Up, the leading voice on adultification in child protection and safeguarding, will explore:

  • How adultification manifests in practice, and ways to guard against it
  • A model for understanding adultification and how it links with intersectionality
  • Findings from serious case reviews and what can be learnt from them
  • Practical tips to reduce discrimination and bias within safeguarding, and interpret signs of distress and trauma so that welfare responses are more equal

Jahnine Davis, co-founder and director, Listen Up and panel member, Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Nicholas Marsh, co-founder and director, Listen Up