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DEBBIE ARIYO OBE, FOUNDER OF AFRUCA/BASNET, AWARDED ‘ACTIVATE FUND’ GRANT TO DEVELOP RESIDENTIAL CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMME FOR BME ANTI-TRAFFICKING INNOVATORS
AFRUCA – Safeguarding Children has received a major grant from the Churchill Fellowship to design and implement a three-day residential capacity-building programme for Black and Minority Ethnic Anti-Trafficking Innovators who are members of the UK BME Anti-Slavery Network (BASNET).
Many African parent-students come to the UK sent by their governments or on scholarship programmes to study at universities across the country. Most of these students arrive in the UK without being given adequate information that helps them to familiarise themselves with the culture and norms as well as to understand the UK’s law on children’s welfare.
AFRUCA has produced a 32-minute documentary to help capture its work safeguarding children in the UK over the 20 years of its existence.
It was really hard for us at AFRUCA to watch last night’s BBC programme on Sir Mo Farah, the British Olympic Champion, and the revelation that he was trafficked from Djibouti to the UK at the age of nine years and forced to work as a domestic slave and look after children.
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.
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
AFRUCA: ONGOING ACTIVITIES
AFRUCA 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.
AFRUCA Centre for Children and Families Manchester
The AFRUCA Centre for BME Children and Families is the branch of AFRUCA working across the North West of England. It is a specialist one-stop shop providing a range of prevention and early intervention projects and services. Find out more
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. Find out more
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. Find out more
County Lines Child Trafficking Programme
In partnership with Manchester City Council, AFRUCA has established the first service across Greater Manchester dedicated to providing support for parents of children at risk of county line trafficking and criminal exploitation. Our service will support 25 parents from BME communities over one year through the provision of a range of services. Find out more