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Muslim-Heritage Children in Care: Religion, Ethnicity, Diversity and Practice Implications for Adoption Practitioners

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Despite the Equality Act 2010 making ‘race’ and ‘religion or belief’ protected characteristics, the Children and Families Act 2014 no longer required English adoption agencies to give ‘due consideration’ to a child’s race, religion or cultural birth heritage.

However, while the legislation may have changed, practitioners are continuing to strive for the most appropriate ways to support the care journeys of children and young people from minoritised backgrounds. This includes them asking how social care systems can further improve to accommodate diversity and identity so minoritised children can be best supported in expressing and understanding their identities.

“Knowledgeable and engaging presenters. Gained real insight in to how to think about working with people of muslim heritage – lots of thoughts provoking ideas about placements, assessments, working with children.” Attendee, 2021

Drawing upon interviews with care-experienced minoritised children and young people on asking and getting help from social workers, foster carers, adopters and other support structures, this training will:

  • Explain how an intersectional framing of young people’s identities in care, particularly around the intersections of ethnicity and faith, can improve provision.
  • Use case studies based on lived experiences to help understand how children and young people engage with faith whilst in care.
  • Explore ways to support young people and children in negotiating transitions and transformations within their faith identities whilst in care.

Learning outcomes

  • Greater insights into how looked-after children and young people from minoritised backgrounds perceive, experience and express their ethnicity, religion and identity.
  • Identify formal and informal support that aids minoritised children and young people of religious heritage in having positive relationships between themselves, their carers, social workers, and their communities (religious and non-religious).
  • Reflect on how to amplify minoritised children and young people’s views so decision-makers and care-providers, including review panels, have a more complex rendering of identity that is shaped directly by children and young people’s voice.

About the trainers

Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Sariya is Feminist Sociologist of Religion. She is Assistant Professor and Research Group Lead for Faith and Peaceful Relations at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. She chairs the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN). Her publications include Muslim Women in Britain: Demystifying the Muslimah (Routledge 2012), Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts (Bloomsbury 2013) and Islam on Campus: Contested Identities and the Cultures of Higher Education (OUP 2020). She led the first research exploration of the experiences of children of Muslim-heritage in the care system in Britain. She is proud adoptive mother to two children.

Dr Alison Halford

Alison is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Data Science. She is a sociologist of religion, with particular interest in minority religions in the UK. Her work on British women and Mormonism was recently published in the Handbook of Gender and Mormonism (2020).  Before entering academia, Alison worked with families at risk of offending.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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