Safeguarding African Children Series
AFRUCA has produced the “Safeguarding African Children in the UK” series of publications to highlight different safeguarding issues and to assist members of the African community in the UK to know more about different forms of child abuse and how to identify the signs so children can be safe and be better protected.
The Following titles are available for download:
Child abuse is any form of cruelty to a child. It is any behaviour that causes harm to a child. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, or in the form of neglect.Read more and download here
Private fostering is a private arrangement made between a parent and a non-relative to look after a child. In most situations therefore, parental consent is understood to have been granted for this arrangement to take place.
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In realisation of the growing problems of child trafficking, the UK government has put in place a law to tackle the problem and criminalise the practice. Child traffickers – those who transport children so they can exploit them – can go to jail for up to 14 years for committing this crime.Read more and download here
What is FGM? (2nd Edition)
No one in practising African communities can really tell you or confirm how FGM started. But there are several tales of the origins of FGM and most of them are masked in myths, religious beliefs and socio-cultural ideologies in the different communities.Read more and download here
What is Witchcraft Abuse?
In many African traditional beliefs, such powers are said to be given by “spiritual” entities. The agent or medium of the powers is called a witch. The powers are usually malevolent, associated with an intention to do evil to others. However in other cases, these powers are said to be benevolent, bestowing health and material benefits.Read more and download here
What is Physical Abuse?
Physical Abuse is any intentional physical contact resulting in injury, pain or discomfort. It is a form of child abuse which can cause both long and short-term harm to a child and is the most visible and commonly reported form of child abuse in the UK.Read more and download here
Child sexual abuse involves having inappropriate sexual relationships with children. It means involving a child in sexual activity that he or she does not fully comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and that violates the laws or social taboos of society.Read more and download here
Emotional abuse is any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle forms, such as repeated disapproval or even the refusal to ever be pleased.Read more and download here
Child neglect involves failing to act to provide the right care and attention to meet a child’s needs. It also includes failure to meet a child’s emotional needs including warmth, security and love.Read more and download here