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AFRUCA Workshops on Mental Health & African Children (Liverpool)

Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

Friday, 24 March 2017 from 09:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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Date: Friday, 24th March 2017

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Cost: £60.00

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel | Old Hall Street | Liverpool | L3 9BD

Duration: One Day


 This series of workshops (London 25 November 2016; Liverpool 24 March 2017) will focus on the mental health impact of child abuse and exploitation linked to cultural and religious practices amongst Black African children and repairing the damage of abuse on mental health.  Key issues addressed by AFRUCA Mental Health service including Female Genital Mutilation, the Branding of Children as Witches as well as the use of juju and oath rituals to control victims of Trafficking and Exploitation will be explored. The range of psychological impact of the above and the role of practitioners in understanding and supporting young people with these experiences will also be a focus of these workshops. 

 We will utilise an array of learning and teaching styles including small group discussions, experiential hands-on learning, multimedia methods and lecture delivery along with case studies will be interwoven throughout.

Workshop Summary:

  • Workshop 1: Psychological impact of child abuse, exploitation linked to culture, witchcraft branding, and religion.
  • Workshop 2: Repairing the Damage: Clinical intervention with child victims of trafficking and exploitation focusing on AFRUCA's work.
  • Workshop 3: Emotional well-being for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Workshop Outcomes: 

  • Improve knowledge of key stakeholders in Mental Health issues affecting Black and African families and African Victims of Trafficking, Witchcraft Branding and FGM.
  • Raise awareness on understanding the psychology and cultural syndromes of Black and African Families and Victims of different forms of culturally based child abuse and exploitation.
  • Enhance good ethical standards when working psychologically with Black and Africans families.
  • Develop an understanding of the psychological processes to cultural beliefs that impact African child rearing practises.
  • Increase the capacity of stakeholders in their ability to psychologically support African victims of trafficking in a culturally sensitive manner.


  Key speakers:

    • Josie Dale - Mental Health Psychotherapist, AFRUCA's Therapeutic Service. Josie is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She has worked with diverse groups in primary and secondary mental health care and NHS IAPT. At AFRUCA, she specialises in trauma-focused work with young people and adults who are victims of trafficking and exploitation. Her key interests are child sexual abuse, trauma, anxiety and depression.
    • Sarah Malik - FGM Emotional Well-Being Coordinator, AFRUCA. Sarah is a qualified Psychotherapist using CBT in her work with children, young people and their families. She is AFRUCA's FGM specialist and has worked extensively with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She has worked with a wide spectrum of issues from bereavement, depression, and postnatal depression. 

Target Audience:

  • CAMHs (Child and adolescent mental services);
  • Adult Mental health services,
  • Mental health practitioners,
  • G.P’s, Nurses,
  • Psychologists,
  • Director of services,
  • Universities conducting clinical training courses for nurses, therapists etc
  • Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Teams
  • Border Force
  • Immigration and UK Visa Teams
  • Vulnerable Persons Coordinators
  • Missing Persons Units
  • ISVAs
  • Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centres and Specialists
  • Social Workers and Social Services Officers
  • Housing Officers
  • Police Service
  • Serious and Organised Crime Units
  • Port and Airport Authorities
  • Safeguarding Adults Teams
  • Health Service Professionals
  • Sexual Health Practitioners
  • Probation Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Child Protection and Looked-After Children Teams
  • CAMHS teams
  • Victim Support Representatives
  • Community Cohesion and Development Organisations
  • Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships
  • Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • Community Safety Teams
  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams
  • Sheltered Housing Associations
  • Criminal Justice Practitioners
  • Judges and Magistrates
  • Legal Professionals
  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors
  • Central Government Departments and Agencies including NCA, UKHTC, UKBA, FCO, DFID, CPS,
  • DH and Home Office
  • Equality and Diversity Practitioners
  • Third Sector Practitioners
  • Academics and Researchers


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact or call 0207 704 2261

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Are there any other payment methods? 

If you prefer to pay by cheque, invoice or BACS please download a booking form Here. Please note that we charge an administrative fee of £8 for invoicing. 

Cancellation: Any late cancellations one week to the event will not be refunded.

Do you have questions about AFRUCA Workshops on Mental Health & African Children (Liverpool)? Contact Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

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Radisson Blu Hotel
Old Hall Street,
L3 9BD Liverpool
United Kingdom

Friday, 24 March 2017 from 09:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

Africans Unite against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 as a platform for advocating for the rights and welfare of African children following the deaths of children like Victoria Climbie, Jude Akapa and Damilola Taylor in the UK. It became a registered Charity in July 2002 and a Company Limited by Guarantee in October 2001 with a Board of Directors appointed to run the organization. AFRUCA is embedded in and has developed out of African communities in the UK as a response to their realization of the problems African children and parents face and the gaps that exist within the child protection system for African children in the country. The main focus of our work is Prevention and Early Intervention. The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of The Child and the UK Children’s Acts of 1989 and 2004 provide the foundation for all our work at AFRUCA. 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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