Talking to children about race

Sat Nov 20 2021 at 01:30 pm to 03:00 pm

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Sheffield Maternity Cooperative
Publisher/HostSheffield Maternity Cooperative
Talking to children about race
We are excited to welcome Laura Henry-Allain MBE to co-host this important Q&A workshop about talking to children about race.
About this Event

The Community of Cultures project and the SMC are delighted to invite a special guest - Laura Henry-Allain MBE - to discuss talking to children about race.

Why is this an important topic to address? Our children are the future. We want to raise them to understand anti racism and to actively be anti-racist. It is not always easy to know where to start with these conversations.

We welcome everyone and all communities to this event. Everyone can learn something together about raising an anti-racist generation. No question is too big, small, silly or insignificant!

This is a Q&A workshop. We will be asking for your questions for Laura prior to the event. Please complete our very short Google form, or email us at:

[email protected]

Google form:

About Laura:

Laura Henry-Allain MBE is an award-winning international writer, speaker and consultant.

She is the creator of the well-loved CBeebies characters JoJo and Gran Gran as well as the
series' associate producer. She is also executive producer on a few shows that are currently
in development.

She is the vice-president of the British Association for Early Childhood Education, and is an
educational consultant for several well-known brands as well as children's media, television
and publishing.

Laura's new children's book, My Skin, Your Skin, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu, explores race
and anti-racism, and empowers children to be the best versions of themselves. It will be
published in October 2021.

After leaving school at 16 with hardly any qualifications, Laura returned to education aged 19
and trained as an Early Years teacher. She is passionate about the voice of the child, their
families, equality, inclusion and diversity. Her lived experience in this area is her autistic
eldest son. She mentors and supports a number of young people. Nine years ago, Laura
had 10 units of blood, which saved her life and was one of the catalysts for her positive and
can-do attitude to life.


The SMC believes that our services should be available to anyone who wants to access them; which means people can pay what they can afford for our tickets. We offer a suggested price, but we don’t check how much people pay for tickets and no one will ever be turned away due to a lack of funds.

However, as an organisation dependent on donations and grant funding we ask that if you can afford to pay then you do! Your generous contribution towards our work goes toward paying our session leaders, birth workers and making it possible that people who can’t afford to pay to have the same access to services we believe you all deserve.

Inclusivity and Confidentiality

Inclusivity, safety, respect, confidentiality and consent are fundamental principles of the SMC and we ask all attendees to uphold them too.

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