AFRUCA has developed a new research programme to explore key safeguarding issues in African communities in the UK. We aim to create a body of knowledge to help inform policy and practice on safeguarding issues. It is our hope that many of the community projects developed can be further investigated through in-depth academic research.

AFRUCA Research Project on Physical Chastisement in African Families

We are happy to report that we have received a new grant to conduct a research project into the physical abuse of children in African communities across Greater Manchester. African children are most likely to be removed from their families based on physical abuse than other cohorts of children in the UK. African children are also disproportionately represented in child protection and care systems across the UK. Our Research project will aim to gain some insights into the following:

  • Why are Nigerian children more likely to be physically chastised than other African children?
  • Why do African parents beat their children rather than employ other positive means of parenting?
  • What is the impact of abuse on this category of children?
  • When children are removed and placed in care, does this affect their overall well-being?
  • What support can we give parents as alternatives to beating children?

This new research project is part of our “Voices of The Community” research programme.

Further information about this new research project will be released soon.


AFRUCA Study on FGM (Type IV Labia Elongation)

This is the second in the series of AFRUCA’s “Voices of The Community” community research projects, funded by the ROSA Fund for Women and Girls…

AFRUCA FGM Report: Voices of the Community.

This AFRUCA study focusing on attitudes towards and experiences of Female Genital Mutilation by African communities in Greater Manchester took place between July and December 2014 and involved focus group sessions held with 110 participants (98 women and 12 men) drawn from 12 different communities across the region. The study concluded that the practice of different types of female genital mutilation exists across many different African communities in Greater Manchester. Many participants who took part in the focus groups did not want to admit to having any previous knowledge or personal experience of FGM or its occurrence in their communities. We believe this denial stemmed from a possible fear of admitting to having knowledge of a practice which is illegal in this country…