AFRUCA PROJECT STATISTICS AND FEEDBACK FEBRUARY 2014 – JULY 2014
1. Anti-Child Trafficking Project in London and Manchester
305 people including; policy makers, practitioners and members of the African community have benefited from our range of anti-trafficking programmes and activities in London, the South of England and Manchester. These activities include the lunch of our Anti-Trafficking Campaign video which was produced by the young people supported by AFRUCA following the successful completion of the AFRUCA’s Participatory Video Project. Our awareness raising activities has helped to increase participants’ awareness of child trafficking. Presently, we support 20 young people who are victims of child trafficking. They benefit from our range of services such as; one-to-one support, Survivor’s Forum and Music for Development Project. The Music for Development project uses music, poetry and dance as an empowerment tool for change for young survivors of trafficking with the aim that participants will be inspired to become more expressive and also gain lifelong skills like verbal communication techniques, team-work, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Feedback from the Music for Development Project
“Before I came here, I didn’t think of having a goal. But now, I think I will do that.”
“I stopped writing because I thought it was making me a dreamer, not a doer. But I think I will start writing again.”
2. National Training for Practitioners
162 professionals including social workers, educators, health practitioners, psychologist and senior managers have benefitted from our range of training courses and gained increased skills and confidence around Child Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft and Juju and Female Genital mutilation to enable them better safeguard children from abuse linked to culture or belief.
Feedback from Professionals
“It was all extremely useful and I will take back what I have learned to the team.”
“Interesting focus on the belief systems underpinning the practice of FGM and how to use these to spot indicators where FGM might have occurred.”
“It was great to have space for whole group discussion and sharing experience.”
“I have learnt so much about this practice. I had not fully appreciated the different types and its impact. Thank you AFRUCA.”
“The training was very interesting and the trainer was very passionate about the subject which is what makes this subject interesting.”
“Really good insight and it had me thinking about my practice as a frontline worker and clear understanding of witchcraft and juju.”
3. Children’s Champions Project
In order to help reduce the number of Black/African children ending up in the care system, we ran 2 training of trainers’ courses between February and July 2014 to prepare more AFRUCA Children’s Champions to go out into the community educating parents and carers on child protection. We trained 34 new Children’s Champions who have been sharing information and knowledge on basic child protection training in the Black/African community across London and the South of England and have reached over 1167 over the 6 months period.
Some of the Champions’ comments:
“All the information given has been useful to enable us as CC’s to go out and train others. It has also acted as an eye opener for us as members of the African community.”
“The information I have received from this training is invaluable.”
“Very well developed program.”
“It’s made me more knowledgeable about African families in the UK, the laws concerning child abuse in the UK.”
“The training shed a lot of light on issues affecting the African community that I had no idea existed.”
“These issues should be highlighted more and need to be addressed.”
Feedback from Basic Child Protection Workshop facilitated by Champions:
“… I have learnt that smacking is not good. I also learnt that leaving children at home alone is not good. I now listen to my children and if I cannot give them something I try to explain why. The training has really helped to improve my understanding of the UK laws.”
“…considering our cultural background I now know better ways of enforcing discipline that does not involve smacking. Learnt to engage with my children and that they have a voice and deserve to be heard, that we as parents owe it to them to be heard.”
“… Right now I am in a better relation with my partner.”
“It has helped me understand the kids and hear what they want directly from them.”
“These information sessions are important to families and communities. AFRUCA must continue the work. Thank you.”
4. Child Protection Support services for Black/African Families in the northwest of England
Beneficiaries 196 African parents have benefited from AFRUCA’s child protection training in the African community held in Greater Manchester. We have also created links with many African groups through which we can provide on-going support to their members. Such groups include Warm Hut (Congolese), Ugandan Community in Greater Manchester, IGA-Learning (Angolan), Jitahidi, a Kenyan group, SAWN for African women, ZIWO for Zimbabwean women, Teen Flavour Zimbabwean youth and TARA whose members are from all Africa. We have worked with 30 parents whose children are subject to child protection plans and /or being removed from their families. We have offered one to one support sessions to them working with identified safeguarding issues.
We have worked with local authorities and ran a bespoke session for white British foster carers which highlighted their needs in supporting Black/African children. We had a seminar for 4foster carers which provided them with information and guidance regarding the cultural needs of African children.
We have held a consultative meeting with the Nigerian community at AFRUCA Children’s centre and we discussed the needs of their community and how best we could support them. We highlighted our services which include community child protection training, family support, drop-in sessions, outreach work, parent forum and AFRUCA child protection literature.
Feedback from Family Support Project
“I have gained so much knowledge from this training someone needs to provide it to all Africans.”
“I learnt how the law around children works and I am happy I attended.”
“I need to share this with all my friends who have children about the law here.”
“The purple manual had it all. I will never smack my children at all.”
5. AFRUCA’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Work in Nigeria
223 people including practitioners and frontline staff who are likely come in contact with children such as police, teachers, social workers, professional civil servants, schools, health workers, prison workers, children advocates, and others including NGO’s, civil societies, policy makers, government officials and representatives from the media participated in the first ever Safeguarding Nigerian Children’s Conference held on the 26th of May, 2014. This landmark conference was held in partnership with CEE-HOPE, a Nigerian based charity, with the aim of transferring knowledge between UK-based Nigerian experts in child protection and safeguarding and professionals working with children in the country. Some of the issues covered at the event include: enhancing the protection of children in conflict areas of the country; protecting children from sexual exploitation especially in orphanages and educationalinstitutions, building a strong structure of child protection and safeguarding across the country as well as preventing and protecting children from trafficking and exploitation. Due to the success the event, some of the practitioners in attendance expressed the need for more safeguarding conferences in other parts of Nigeria.
Feedback from the Safeguarding Nigerian Children’s Conference 2014
“I hope that this will not just stop here but it would be implemented even within the country.”
“Further implementation and action plan. Follow up is also key and should be taken down to all states in Nigeria.”
“It will be of great valuable help to other states if this conference can be extended to other states and more partnership to keep the ball rolling to success.”
“More action should be carried out and keep up the good work.”
AFRUCA PROJECT STATISTICS AND FEEDBACK JUNE- JANUARY 2014
1. Anti-Child Trafficking Project in London and Manchester
604 people including; policy makers, practitioners and members of the African community have benefited from our range of anti-trafficking programmes and activities in Manchester. These activities include 2 high profile seminars held in London and Manchester in June and July 2013. Also, we trained 110 parents on the issue of child trafficking and child protection in Manchester within the last month. This has helped to increase their awareness of child trafficking. Presently, we support 20 young people who are victims of child trafficking. They benefit from our range of services such as; one to one support, survivor’s forum and theatre for development. The most recent activity taken up by our young people is a participatory video project which will help to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking within the African community.
Feedback from the Participatory Video Project
“I learnt how to handle the camera and how to tell the interviewee to stop or speak”
“I learnt how to speak in front of the camera which I haven’t done before”
“I learnt about deception and the part it plays in human trafficking”
“I learnt how to develop a script using a story board and how to give directions”
2. National Training for Practitioners
109 practitioners including social workers, educators, health practitioners, psychologist and senior managers have gained increased skills and confidence around child abuse linked to witchcraft and juju and Female Genital mutilation through our National training programmes to enable them better safeguard children from abuse linked to culture or belief.
Feedback from Beneficiaries
“The training was very useful in helping me think about my client’s beliefs and how to help me better engage with them even if their beliefs differ from mine”.
“The course instructor was very open, honest and realistic with challenges of FGM and issues around working with community and CP processes”.
“As a manager this training has provided further knowlegde to utilise when guiding and supporting staff on complex cases”
“Quality training all day. The trainer gave us an in-depth and excellent training of this issue. The aims of the training were covered extensively, with great group interaction”
“The training was very helpful in terms of learning to understand how the traumatic experiences affect children we work with”