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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.

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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.

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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 Children’s Champions Recruitment 2021

AFRUCA Articles on Human Trafficking
And Forced Migration

How The Reframing of Migration as Trafficking Affects Migrant-Sending Communities in West Africa
How The Reframing of Migration as Trafficking Affects Migrant-Sending Communities in West Africa

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.

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Cries of the Youth: Addressing Gun and Knife Crime in Manchester
Cries of the Youth: Addressing Gun and Knife Crime in Manchester

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.

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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

by BBC Focus on Africa ft. Debbie Ariyo

AFRUCA Training

AFRUCA TRAINING BROCHURE

– FOR AGENCIES WORKING WITH BME CHILDREN & FAMILIES 2020-2021

This brochure identifies the range of training courses we have available in 20/21.

Resources

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.

Media

Therapeutic Services

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.

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