AFRUCA on 10 May 2016, won a competitive bid as part of a few selected Providers to deliver services to Manchester City Council Family Resource and Interventions Framework 2016/2017 in Lots relating to Counselling, Therapy and Related Psychological Services, Parenting using the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Programme and Workforce Development – Training and Consultancy in Child Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft and Female Genital Mutilation.
The framework is a two-year contract until 31 March 2018 with an option to extend for up to a further 2 years. This will be a continuation of AFRUCA’s excellent working relationship with the Manchester City Council and our work in the area of advocacy and community outreach on FGM, faith abuse, child protection and positive parenting, family support and social with the Children Services and black / African parents and Psychotherapy support for victims of abuse .
AFRUCA’s Area of Focus
Counselling, Therapy and Related Psychological Services
Psychological Assessments – AFRUCA will offer Psychological assessments that provide professionals with information about the current function of the individual in terms of their mental health and diagnosis and any experiences of trauma or abuse. The assessment appointment usually lasts 3 hours and report is then written. The report will be dispatched to referrer to provide them with our recommendations. Full assessment including report writing takes 8 hours.
1-2-1 Individual Therapies – Therapy for adults/parents/carers – Many Black African parents have difficulties with caring for children because of their own histories or early trauma. AFRUCA can offer one to one individual therapy to parents with emotional and psychological difficulties. We will use a culturally adapted Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Person Centred Therapy, along with Psychodynamic and Art Therapy processes to help Black African families break negative cycles of unhelpful/abusive child rearing practises by helping them make sense of their overwhelming problems. We propose 12 -18 sessions per client.
Therapy for children – AFRUCA will work directly with children from ages 12 to 25. AFRUCA will help Black African children manage and build coping skills and resilience (at home, foster care or adopted). We will offer therapeutic help with attachment problems, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, behavioural difficulties, emotional difficulties, self-harming, eating and sleeping problems. We propose 12 – 18 sessions per client.
Child Sexual Exploitation/Abuse – Sexual exploitation results in complex PTSD and is often co-morbid with other disorders. AFRUCA will offer a person-centred approach that is culturally adapted to address trauma-related disorders using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); trauma-focused CBT, Cognitive Therapy, Stress Inoculation training and Exposure Therapy. We propose that complex trauma needs a minimum of 18 sessions to begin the process of recovery.
Family intervention – AFRUCA can work with a parent and child using 1-2-1, group therapy, Brief Family Intervention or Solution Focused Therapy. AFRUCA’s family intervention counselling will:
- Educate relevance of the CBT model in regards to physical and emotional abuse
- Enable parents to regulate their emotions and manage their reactions to abuse-specific triggers, heightened anger, anxiety, depression
- Identify cognitive contributors to abusive behaviour
We propose 10 sessions per client.
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Parenting Programme
This is a 13-weeks parenting course using the ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’ programme format as it integrates the ethnic, community and spiritual element that are integral in the way Black African families raise their children. Additional modules on safeguarding, child protection laws in the UK, abuse linked to faith or belief, awareness of adverse cultural practices like FGM, branding children as witches and trafficking and exploitation of children will be included. The course will adopt a family/community approach where speakers from key statutory agencies and the community will be chosen by participants and invited to engage at week 5 and 11. Parents will reinforce or learn new skills in active listening, relationship building, presentation and planning apart from basic literacy and numeracy skills which are embedded in the sessions.
Programme will be divided into 5 themes for the 13 weeks of 3 hours per learning sessions:
- Theme One: Cultural/Spiritual
- Theme Two: Enhancing Relationship
- Theme Three: Discipline
- Theme Four: Rites of Passage
- Theme Five: Community Involvement
Workforce Development – Training
Child Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft Training
This training will enable frontline staff and their managers develop new skills and competencies around culture and beliefs and how these are linked to child abuse. Participants will work on a range of case studies in order to strengthen their abilities to effectively risk assess cases so they can intervene successfully in families where there have been accusations of witchcraft and spirit possession.
Female Genital Mutilation Training
The training will enable frontline staff and their managers develop new competencies on female genital mutilation. Participants will explore key issues and the social, health and psychological impact on victims. Practitioners will gain further knowledge around the socio-cultural and religious factors underpinning the practice and skills in identifying at-risk individuals. The new legislation on “Mandatory Reporting” will be discussed and impact on practitioners in their roles of working with children.
Workforce Development – Consultancy
Child Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft Consultancy
AFRUCA will provide our expertise to staff working on related cases by assisting with understanding the underlying issues involved in presenting cases. We will focus on how to assess risks of harm to children, identifying different indicators of abuse. In cases where abuse has already occurred, we will focus on risk to other children in the family, and repeat abuse if children are returned to families. We will work with practitioners to identify impacts of abuse on children.
Female Genital Mutilation Consultancy
AFRUCA will provide our expertise to staff working on related cases by assisting with understanding the underlying issues involved in cases. We will focus on how to assess risk of harm to children, identifying different indicators of abuse. We will profile families using a number of identification tools to assess whether (or how) children could be at risk of harm. In cases where abuse has already occurred, we will focus on risk to other children in the family, and risk of other forms of abuse if children are returned to families. We will also work with practitioners to identify impact of abuse on children many of which might not be physically visible (emotional abuse).
Please contact AFRUCA on 0207 704 2261 (London)/ 0161 205 9274 (Manchester) to discuss a referral or download, complete and email the referral documents below if you are ready to make a referral for this service.
Download our Referral forms below: