AFRUCA AWARDED BIG LOTTERY GRANT TO PROMOTE IMPROVED CHILD SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES IN BLACK PLACES OF WORSHIP ACROSS THE WEST MIDLANDS

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AFRUCA AWARDED BIG LOTTERY GRANT TO PROMOTE IMPROVED CHILD SAFEGUARDING PRACTICES IN BLACK PLACES OF WORSHIP ACROSS THE WEST MIDLANDS


AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse has been awarded a three year grant of £304,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to collaborate with faith organisations in the West Midland’s Black community to strengthen their child safeguarding practices. The project will focus on Birmingham, Coventry and Stoke on Trent – cities with recent increases in the numbers of Black and African population.

The project will employ a variety of methods to support organisations, faith leaders and their congregation by delivering child protection training programmes with specific focus on cultural and religious practices that can harm children and conduct specialist forums for parents to enable them gain new skills to support children and prevent abuse. The project will also engage children and young people by delivering child-focused sessions on self protection and how to prevent abuse.

A unique element of this project is working hand-in-hand with faith organisations to conduct an audit of their child safeguarding needs and put in place an implementation plan to bridge the gaps – including developing and implementing sound child safeguarding policies and procedures, introducing safer recruitment practices for faith workers and volunteers and disseminating safeguarding publications among local faith, community groups and schools to help improve understanding of how to keep children safe.

Debbie Ariyo OBE, Chief Executive of AFRUCA said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this new grant to work in the black faith community in the West Midlands on child protection and safeguarding. We hope to achieve very good outcomes by building the capacity of black faith groups and providing project users with improved skills to foster better community cohesion and protect children from abuse. Ultimately, we hope to see a reduction in the cases of child abuse involving black children in this area.”

This project is expected to commence in December 2015.


NOTE TO EDITORS

  1. AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse is the premier charity promoting the rights and welfare of African children in the UK.
  2. The “Working with Faith Organisations to Safeguarding Black Children in the West Midlands Project” has been launched by AFRUCA to help build the capacity of faith groups in the area of child protection and safeguarding.
  3. For further information about AFRUCA’s work across England, please visit our website at www.afruca.org
  4. For enquiries and interviews please call our Head Office on 0207 704 2261 or email info@afruca.org
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