Safeguarding children from racism and creating an anti-racist culture in sports organisations

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Published: Friday, 26 June 2020. Written by Katie Fudakowski, Lauren Bennett No Comments

The events of the last few weeks following the tragic death of George Floyd have sparked a global call for change on the issue of racism.

Among these calls is an open letter[1] to The Independent from a group of over 200 black students and alumni asserting the prevalence of racism in independent schools and imploring these schools to take a stand against racist behaviour and attitudes within their communities.

One of the key messages in the letter is that independent schools in the UK are in a unique position to tackle racism and ensure their students, many of whom go on to hold some of the most powerful and influential positions in society, are balanced and unbiased. Schools are asked to “prioritise cultivating environments of acceptance and understanding, producing adults who aren’t simply not racist, but anti-racist”.

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Katie Fudakowski

Katie Fudakowski

Partner, Farrer and Co
Katie is a practising barrister with a decade of litigation experience in employment and safeguarding law built up while a tenant of Old Square Chambers. Katie believes in empowering her clients to take the right as well as legal course of action and she is valued her for her ability to cut through to the key issues and grasp the nettle with decisive and clear advice.

In safeguarding, Katie draws upon her first-hand involvement in safeguarding related litigation, including personal injury abuse claims in the county court, Teaching Regulation Authority prosecutions, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) and Special Educational Needs and discrimination cases brought before the First Tier Tribunal.

Her work as an independent investigator of safeguarding failures at major independent schools, international charities and sports organisations makes her ideally suited to guide clients through every step of safeguarding investigations, whether involving current or historic allegations and the associated engagement with the statutory agencies and regulators.

Katie is passionate about protecting children and adults at risk from harm and dedicates time to thought leadership in this area, working along-side other experts to produce the Farrer & Co guidance on implementing a low level concerns policy.

In Employment, Katie has appeared in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court for employers and employees in every type of employment tribunal case, in particular acting for Respondents in multi-day discrimination and whistleblowing cases in the education and healthcare sector. Her experience of appearing as the advocate in these cases allows her to give clients practical first-hand advice on resolving claims commercially, strategically and sensitively. Katie has excellent experience and success in representing clients at judicial mediation and securing advantageous settlement terms.
Lauren Bennett

Lauren Bennett

Associate, Farrer and Co
Lauren is a driven, commercially-minded Employment Lawyer who strives to provide an excellent client service.

Lauren joined Farrer & Co in May 2020, having qualified into one of the largest Employment teams in Cambridgeshire in 2016.

Lauren advises on all aspects of employment law including both contentious and non-contentious matters with particular experience in Employment Tribunal matters, TUPE and day-to-day Employee Relations advice. She often advises in relation to redundancies and restructures, disciplinary and grievance processes, settlement agreements and senior executive terminations.

Lauren advises a range of clients including businesses, charities, schools and individuals. She has managed Employment Tribunal matters for both employers and employees in cases of unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and TUPE. Lauren is professional and approachable and is focused on delivering complex advice in plain English.  

Lauren qualified as a solicitor in 2016.

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