National Training Programme for Practitioners Working with Black African Children and Families

Background

AFRUCA is committed to facilitating and developing the learning and skills of those who work with African children and their families and those who provide services to meet their needs. Over the past twelve years, we have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience delivering specialist training courses aimed at supporting practitioners working with African children and their families.

Since inception, over 8,000 practitioners have participated in our range of specialist conferences, workshops, seminars and training courses focusing on related child safeguarding issues, policies and practices. In addition, we have delivered over 200 in-house and general training activities to clients across the country including, Children Services, Safeguarding Children Boards, Children’s Charities, Faith Organisations, Community Organisations, Health Organisations, Youth Organisations as well as Educational Institutions.


Current Work

We organise regular training courses for practitioners year round. We offer both General and In-house Training programmes. Our General training courses are held in Central London and in Central Manchester. The courses are designed to either target specific sector areas – for example: social workers, teachers or mental health practitioners, to ensure that issues specific to these sectors are covered, dissected and addressed to enable practitioners from different backgrounds share knowledge and experiences while improving their learning and gaining new skills and competencies around working with African Families. 100% of all practitioners who have attended our training courses have reported that they will recommend them to their colleagues. While 98% of all practitioners who have attended our training courses noted that they learnt new skills and confidence to work with African families.

Additionally, AFRUCA is regularly invited by agencies in Wales, Scotland, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and nationwide to work with them in-house to develop and deliver customized training courses to help meet specific needs and organisational priorities.

Our courses are professionally developed and can be delivered as a package in a variety of ways. We are also able to tailor them to meet the needs of staff at a time, place, date and location of choice.

Testimonies from our training courses:

“I now have a greater understanding of some practices that may be more common within African families. However, I will remember to be mindful of assumptions that not all practices are accepted or followed by families from same country/tribe”.

“Now I feel more confident in dealing with issues around faith, culture and belief”.

“I found the entire course helpful, the trainer was very knowledgeable”.

“I feel more confident in spotting the signs of possible safeguarding concerns. Concerns that I may previously have missed”.

The course was very interesting and helpful, it reinforced a lot of the work we do in a positive way.


List of Available Courses in 2014

1. Child Abuse Linked to a Belief in Witchcraft or Juju

Duration: One Day
Target Group: Senior Managers and Frontline staff

Course Description: This training workshop is designed for both frontline and senior managers in child protection and family support as well as in other agencies. It has been developed based on direct learning and outcomes from our ongoing project working with Families Affected by Witchcraft Abuse across London and our work on the National Working Group.

Course Aims: This unique training course will enable front line staff and their managers develop new skills and competencies around culture and beliefs and how these are linked to witchcraft abuse. Participants will work on a range of case studies in order to strengthen their skills intervening in families where there have been accusations of witchcraft and spirit possession, gaining new strategies on how to work with community and faith organisations in order to support families and change practices.

Course Outcomes: By the end of the training, participants would have:

  • Gained new knowledge and understanding of how witchcraft branding and abuse are manifested through different belief systems and practice.
  • Been equipped with new skills and competencies to intervene successfully in families where there have been accusations of witchcraft in order to safeguard children.
  • Developed a better understanding of how to work with communities in order to support families where there have been accusations of witchcraft and spirit possession.
  • Developed key strategies to enable appropriate responses to Serious Case Reviews in order to strengthen local safeguarding mechanisms around abuse linked to witchcraft branding.
  • Gained new understanding of how to engage faith organisations in order to protect children from abuse and harm.

2. Working with Black African Children in Foster Care

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Duration: One Day

Target group: All staff working with children and families associated with foster care situations and foster carers

Course Aim: To enable foster carers and practitioners working with black African children in foster care develop a stronger working knowledge of children from black African backgrounds in order to enhance relationships between looked after children and those who care for them.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course participants would have:

  • Explored the care needs of children from Black African backgrounds, and how to improve placement arrangements to meet their needs.
  • Understood the significance of culture and religion in the lives of African children, the impact on child development and how this influences the socialisation of children from African backgrounds.
  • Identified strategies to better engage foster carers to adapt suitably to the needs of the children in their care
  • Gained an increased skill level and confidence in working with African children in care placements.

3. Female Genital Mutilation as a Child Safeguarding Issue

Duration: One Day

Target Group: Child Protection Officers, Education Welfare Officers, Teachers, Health practitioners, Crime Prevention Officers.

Course Aims: To explore the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the impact on victims. Practitioners will also gain further knowledge around the socio-cultural and religious factors underpinning the practice and skills in identifying at risk individuals. The training will also explore current debates around informed consent and male circumcision.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course participants would have;

  • Identified the different factors underpinning the practice of FGM and the prevalence among different communities in the UK.
  • Gained a better understanding of the impact of FGM on victims.
  • Explored the issue of male circumcision and the notion of “informed consent” in relation to minors.
  • Discussed risk factors and guidelines for practitioners to help identify and safeguard children/young women at risk of FGM.
  • Discussed ways of working with families where there is a risk of children being made to undergo the practice of FGM.
  • Examined the UK legislation around FGM and gaps in prosecution of perpetrators.

4. Working with Black African Children and Families

Duration: One day

Target Group: All practitioners working with black African children and families, including: Pupil Inclusion Managers, Teachers, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers, Youth Offending Teams, Family Support Workers, Education Welfare Officers and others

Course Aim: To develop a stronger working knowledge of clients from black African backgrounds for effective intervention, assessment and safeguarding

Course Objectives: by the end of the course, participants would have:

  • Examined issues affecting black African children especially those from newly arrived communities.
  • Explored their knowledge and understanding of key safeguarding needs of black African children.
  • Examined the issue of religion and culture, what it means to them as practitioners and how it can affect their work with black African children
  • Understood the relationship between culture, class and poverty and the impact on black African families.
  • Identified strategies to better engage families in order to safeguard vulnerable children.
  • Gained an increased skill level and confidence in working with black African children and families in the UK.

In-House Training Events: Our Standard Rates

One day Training (up to 25 participants) £700 Plus accommodation/travel

Half Day Training (up to 25 participants) £350 Plus travel

Conference Workshops £350 Plus travel

Conference Speaking and Presentation £350 Plus travel

General Training Events: Our Standard Rates

One day Training £40

For further information and to discuss your in-house training package and other needs, please contact our training section on 02077042261 or email: training@afruca.org.

AFRUCA – January 2014

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