AFRUCA Schools Intervention Programme (SIP)

Blacks and Africans like many other immigrant groups in the UK tend to migrate with their values and beliefs. While we acknowledge some cultural practices, beliefs and values are beneficial, others are particularly harmful to certain members of the family such as to children and women. Increasingly, Local Authorities across the country are reporting a rise in cases of BME families coming to the attention of Children’s Services mainly due to differences in approaches to child rearing, physical discipline and religious or cultural practices. These are practices seen as normal by many BME families could be considered as posing significant harm to children according to UK laws. Moreover, many BME parents, faith and community leaders themselves are unaware of the UK laws and practices that safeguard children. As a result, many children are being removed from their families and placed into the care system, leading to more BME families being broken up, with significant psychological impact.

Teachers play a very important role in safeguarding children as they act as ‘first responders’ for children experiencing abuse. Taking early help services to schools by working closely with pupils, parents and teachers will help in no small measure to stem the rising tide of BME children being placed into care.

AFRUCA Schools 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.

For more about AFRUCA Schools Intervention Programme email info@afruca.org

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