icture a 12-year-old Black girl. What does she look like? Is she smiling, is she laughing, is she playing? Is she angry, does she have an attitude? Is she...a problem? Finally, ask yourself this: is she a child to you?
In my role as a therapeutic practitioner I see Black girls every day. Young people are referred to me through various systems – often the education and justice systems - and I engage with them on but mainly offsite. This can be anything from group workshops to doing something as seemingly trivial as getting our hair done together. I will talk to them, I will listen.