A new report released today by the charity AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse has called on the government to ban smacking children.

The report which is the result of a six month research project conducted among African communities in Greater Manchester, also calls for stronger partnerships between parents and schools. “Schools should be “channels of support” for struggling families, helping to navigate the system and facilitating access to support on parenting issues”, said the report.

10 focus groups consisting of 192 individuals from a range of African backgrounds across Greater Manchester were conducted between November 2017 and June 2018. Participants provided their views on various issues in relation to their attitudes and experiences of physical chastisement.

The report highlights the increasing number of Black children referred into child protection systems for physical abuse across Greater Manchester, placing the blame on the “confusion” caused by the law on “reasonable chastisement”. The report asserts that for many families who traditionally base their parenting models on religious and cultural beliefs which lay emphasis on corporal discipline, parents who are unfamiliar with UK laws on child protection can take this as a licence to abuse children.

Debbie Ariyo OBE, AFRUCA Founder and CEO said: “This report sheds new lights on the different variables involved in the physical chastisement of children in some communities. It is critical that efforts are made to support parents to learn and use equally effective child-friendly techniques to parent their children without using physical chastisement”.

The report also looks at the issue of branding children as witches and the intersection with physical abuse. It calls on local authorities to adopt stronger prevention and early intervention mechanisms in working with recently arrived families to help prevent abuse to children.

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Note to Editors

  1. AFRUCA – Africans Unite Against Child Abuse is a leading charity promoting the rights and welfare of Black children in the UK. The “Exploring Physical Chastisement Among African Communities in Greater Manchester” research project is the third in its community research series: “Voices of the Community”.
  2.  The AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families in Manchester delivers a series of prevention and early intervention services to help prevent abuse to children. It takes referrals from local authorities across the region to work with at risk families.
  3. AFRUCA is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Henry Smith Foundation to deliver a range of child protection preventive services to support African communities in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.
  4.  For further information and enquiries, contact:

Rose Ssali

Programmes Manager

AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families

Email: rose@Afruca.org

Tel: 0161 205 9274

Website: www.afruca.org