Diversity, inclusion and anti-racism resources

We’re sharing a collection of resources that can be used to support good practice around diversity, equality and inclusion within the speech and language therapy profession.

We will be working with members to identify gaps in the guidance and resources currently available, as well as barriers to implementation.

RCSLT resources

  • Podcast: Anti-racism in speech and language therapy – Leaders of the network group SLTs of Colour (Angela Whiteley, Heeral Davda and Dorett Davis) chat with the RCSLT’s chair, Mary Heritage, about the need for anti-racism awareness in the profession and the ways this is being taken forwards.
  • Supporting SLTs with disabilities in the workplace: a guide for all – A guide on supporting qualified SLTs, SLTAs, and SLT students with disabilities in the workplace, written in consultation with the RCSLT disability working group. It is designed for everyone, including disabled SLTs/SLTAs and students, managers, colleagues, and placement coordinators.
  • Supporting LGBTQIA+ colleagues in the workplace – A guide with the aim of helping to raise awareness and promote understanding of supporting LGBTQIA+ colleagues in the workplace, written in consultation with UK SLT Pride Network LGBTQIA+ working group. It is for all SLTs, speech and language therapy support workers, and students, irrespective of whether they identify as LGBTQIA+.
  • Anti-racism in speech and language therapy programme of learning – A collection of learning materials as part of the RCSLT’s Anti-racism in speech and language therapy event, which took place in May 2021. These resources can be used to start conversations in your own workplace.
  • Focus on Diversity – To mark Black History Month 2021 we celebrated our Focus on Diversity columnists by sharing their articles online.
  • LGBTQ+ history month 2022 – A collection of Bulletin articles that explore some of the issues that LGBTQ+ SLTs and service users face.
  • Bulletin: The Diversity Issue (PDF) – The July 2020 issue of Bulletin focused on how we can create equality, inclusion and opportunity for all across the profession.
  • Careers and diversity fast facts – Statistics about the speech and language therapy student population.

RCSLT news and updates

External resources


Cultural competence and speaking up

  • Cultural competence e-learning – The first two modules are aimed at all healthcare professionals. The first session aims to describe what is meant by ‘culture’ and why it is important for health professionals to be aware of how this can impact health. The second session describes cultural competence and its importance for health professionals working across cross-cultural situations. The third session is aimed solely at midwives.
  • Freedom to Speak Up programme – An online training programme aimed at helping healthcare workers to understand the vital role they can play to support a culture of speaking up in the workplace.

Leadership, management and recruitment

Inclusivity training

Migrant health guide

  • Migrant health guide – collection of Public Health England advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients for healthcare practitioners.

Putting in the work: An anti-racist reading and resource list





  • Springer Nature research publisher – A collection of books, articles and journals that endorse the statement Black Lives Matter
  • Cambridge University Press – Protests, policing and race collection
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F Saad
  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
  • Whitewashing Britain: Race and citizenship in the postwar era by Kathleen Paul
  • White Fragility: Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to be less stupid about race by Crystal M Fleming
  • Natives: Race and class in the ruins of Empire by Akala
  • So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Rage: the unspoken truth of our racial divide by Carol Anderson
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  • The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  • Raising Free People: Unschooling As Liberation and Healing Work by Akilah S Richards
  • Speech and Language Therapy and Professional Identity: Challenging Received Wisdom by Jane Stokes and Marian McCormick
  • Arday, J and Mirza, HS (2018) Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pierce, C, Carew, J, Pierce-Gonzalez, D, and Willis, D (1978) An experiment in racism: TV commercials. In Pierce, C (Ed), Television and education (pp 62–88). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.
  • The Sum of Us: what racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together by Heather McGhee (2022)
  • Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed (2019)


For families and children




These resources discuss microaggressions – what they are, guidance on how to challenge them, and tools to create a more inclusive culture in workplaces and beyond.







These resources discuss workplace bullying and harassment and provide guidance on how to handle these issues.



Academic research and evidence-based practice

Our page on inclusive research and evidence-based practice supports SLTs to carry out inclusive, culturally appropriate and anti-racist research and to understand the current landscape of academia in relation to diversity and inclusion.

Through the RCSLT’s Sage research methods package, members can access the following titles and chapters for free:

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