AFRUCA in the UK

AFRUCA runs the Following Prevention and Early Intervention Services and Activities Across England

AFintheUK1Child Protection Support Services for Black / African Families in England

AFRUCA works with families on a one-to-one basis to provide child protection awareness and positive parenting skills to parents and carers of black / African background. By building parents’ knowledge and skills, we aim to reduce the number of black / African children subject to child protection plans and reduce the number of children removed from their families and placed in the care system.

AFintheUK2 The AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families, Manchester

The AFRUCA Centre is a response to existing gaps in the provision of services for African children and families in the North West. We are very concerned about the growing representation of African children in the child protection system in the region. With the increasing number of African families residing in the area, it is important that they are able to access support services to meet their needs. It is also important that the range of African faith organisations can avail themselves of existing services to ensure their venues can be safe places for children.

 AFintheUK3Safeguarding African Children from Female Genital Mutilation in Greater Manchester

FGM is a very entrenched cultural practice which is prevalent across England. It involves the cutting or circumcision or mutilation of parts of a woman’s genitalia for non-medical reasons.

IMG_3278Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking Across England

Child trafficking is a form of Modern Slavery. AFRUCA is recognised as a leading organisation working with victims of trafficking in the UK and is the only organisation to provide specialist support to victims of African descent. We work with young Africans aged 12-25 who have been victims of child trafficking, and have supported almost 300 children and young people in the past six years. With our specialist knowledge and experience in the area of child trafficking, and links with African communities countrywide, we fill a vital gap in services.

brochure cover National Training Programme for practitioners working with Black/African children and families

This brochure identifies the range of training courses we have available in 2017-18 for practitioners working with Black African children and families across the UK. They have been developed based on demand and recommendations by agencies and practitioners who have participated in our previous training events.

AFRUCA Therapeutic Services

AFRUCA offers a Therapeutic Service for African children, young people and families who have survived or have been at risk of undergoing FGM and Human Trafficking. The FGM Emotional Well-Being service specifically works with young people, from ages 5 to 21 whilst our Psychotherapy for Trafficking Survivors works with ages 12-25. AFRUCA offers culturally appropriate therapy which enable children and young people to deal with the impacts of their traumatic experiences.

12985420_10209693323869109_8090424450453696593_nWorking with Faith Organisations to Safeguard Black/African Children in the West Midlands

In its work to promote the welfare and rights of African children, AFRUCA is aware of the strong role that faith organisations play in the lives of many Africans. Hence, it has been making efforts to reach out and work in partnership with various African faith-based organisations to help strengthen their skills and knowledge of child protection and safeguarding.

11249157_10207586115950228_3722591467636703526_nAFRUCA Children’s Champions Project

This innovative project has so far recruited 148 community volunteers to become “Children’s Champions” whose role is to go into their communities to help propagate the message about protecting children from abuse and harm.

AFRUCA June 2016
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