In light of the shocking experience of child Q, Angelina Idun considers the responsibility schools have for tackling discrimination and reflects on how listening to our young people can help us move our race equality work forward

The story of child Q that hit the news recently will have alarmed and outraged us all. On so many levels. Our hearts go out to the child involved and to her family.

Child Q is a black pupil who was strip-searched at her school in east London after being wrongly suspected of carrying drugs. The idea that a council report (CHSCP, 2022) cited racism as a likely factor in child Q’s treatment is immensely concerning and upsetting.

The government’s 2021 Sewell Report denied the existence of institutional racism (Runnymede Trust, 2021). The terrible incident that this young person has had to endure, is another reminder that institutional racism does exist.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here