AFRUCA works in UK BME communities to protect and safeguard children from abuse and harm.
We aim to promote the best interests of the child in all our activities.
Our stance is that culture and religion should never be a reason to abuse children.
Child Protection Support Services for BME Families in England
AFRUCA’s Child Protection and Family Support Service is a referral service for professionals working with parents in the child protection system.
It aims to help reduce the number of BME children subject to child protection plans and the number of children removed from their families and placed in the care system.
Read more & download our referral form
Safeguarding BME Children Briefing Papers
Community Child Safeguarding Webinars
AFRUCA runs weekly Community Child Safeguarding Webinars delivered by our trained volunteer Children’s Champions. These webinars cover a range of child protection topics and provide a forum for group learning, exchanges and networking for parents. Sessions are delivered via Facebook and ZOOM. To find out more about the webinars, please contact us here.
AFRUCA Articles on Human Trafficking And Forced Migration
By Debbie Ariyo Introduction Standing on a roadside trying to flag down a taxi near Termini Station in Rome, Italy...
As far back as the 1980s during my undergraduate years at the University of Benin in Benin City, Bendel State (now divided into Edo and Delta States) Nigeria, female students were leaving the university to migrate to Italy for work. During this period, Nigeria was experiencing a terrible economic downturn. There were national debates whether Nigeria should take on a huge IMF loan and the consequence this would have on citizens, as the government introduced “austerity measures” to address the crumbling economy.
In May and June 2019, I visited Ghana as the first part of my 2019 Winston Churchill travel fellowship. My aim was to better understand the various drivers of child trafficking in Ghana’s fishing sector and to explore some of the responses on the ground by engaging with a range of government agencies, NGOs and those working to support children who have been rescued.
There has been a sharp rise in crime involving the use of guns and knives in Manchester. The Greater Manchester Police, have reported that in the first quarter of 2019, there were around 787 recorded crimes involving the use of a knife. This includes threatening behaviour and possession of such weapons.
AFRUCA: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Following global events, AFRUCA has engaged in activities to highlight discrimination, lack of diversity and inclusion in the UK sectors in which we work:
Read Statement by our network BASNET to highlight racism and discrimination in the UK anti-trafficking sector here
Read our CEO’s article in Thomson Reuters news about what needs to change to enhance inclusion and diversity in the UK anti-trafficking sector here
EVENT: Black Children and the Health and Social Care Sectors: What Needs To Change?
EVENT: Equality and Diversity in the UK Anti-Trafficking Sector” in partnership with the Human Trafficking Foundation
Manchester Against Modern Slavery Campaign
UK BME Anti/Slavery Network - BASNET
Child Trafficking In Africa
Trafficking of Cameroonian Child Refugees in Nigeria: NGOs Flay Facebook
Popular social media platform, Facebook has been criticised by two Non-Governmental Organisations for the recent allegation that the social media platform is being used as a conduit for the online sale of Cameroonian refugee children in Nigeria.
AFRUCA Director explains the phenomenon of “Baby Factories” in Nigeria
Child Protection Manuals
AFRUCA publishes training manuals on Child Protection in both English and French.
Safeguarding African Children
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.
AFRUCA Research Series – Voices of the Community
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 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.
AFRUCA in the UK
AFRUCA runs the Following Prevention and Early Intervention Services and Activities Across England
AFRUCA in Europe
AFRUCA works across Europe in partnership with different agencies to help address many of the issues faced by African children, young people and families, who are trying to settle down into their new lives in different European countries.