AFRUCA in the UK

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

TRAINING BROCHURE 2018 – 2019

This brochure identifies the range of training courses we have available in 2018/2019. The courses have been designed and developed based on demand and recommendations by agencies and practitioners who have participated in our previous training events.

AFRUCA Modern Slavery “Say No to Omo-Odo” Campaign

“Omo-Odo” is the term widely used in Nigeria for child domestic slaves.

In our UK work on Modern Slavery, many of the victims we support have been trafficked into the UK to work in Nigerian homes as “Omo-Odo. Statistics collated by the UK National Crime Agency also show that most victims of modern slavery from Nigeria to the UK have been trafficked for domestic slavery.

Child 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 help 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.

The AFRUCA Centre for Black and African Children and Families, Manchester

The AFRUCA Centre is a response to existing gaps in the provision of services for Black and 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 Black and African faith organisations can avail themselves of existing services to ensure their venues can be safe places for children.

Safeguarding 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 exclusively for victims of African descent. We work with young Africans aged 12-25 who have been victims of child trafficking, and have supported over 500 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.

Safeguarding 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.

Community Champions Initiative

AFRUCA employs a volunteer-led approach to address many of the issues that affect children in the Black and African community across England. The idea is to create a ripple effect of change through peer-to-peer learning and active citizenship. We have devised a range of community Champions initiatives focusing on a range of issues, including Modern Slavery, Child Protection and Female Genital Mutilation. Over 200 volunteers are involved in our Community Champions initiative, helping to promote new knowledge within their own community as active citizens.

Working 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.

AFRUCA Therapeutic Service

AFRUCA offers a therapeutic service for African children, young people and families who have survived or have been at risk of different forms of child abuse and exploitation. AFRUCA offers culturally appropriate therapy which enable children and young people to deal with the impacts of their traumatic experiences.

AFRUCA Schools Intervention Programme (SIP)

AFRUCA School Intervention Programme (SIP) is a matrix of professional support services for teachers, parents, carers and children available to schools across the UK. The SIP includes a range of general early help support for parents and carers, staff workforce development and training as well as a range of workshops for parents and pupils.