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Rethinking Child Safeguarding in the West Midlands

Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

Thursday, 16 February 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

Rethinking Child Safeguarding in the West Midlands

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16 Feb 2017 £80.00 £5.50

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Event Details

Date: Thursday 16th February 2017

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Venue: The Saffron Centre | 256 Moseley Road | Highgate, Birmingham | B12 0BS



The last few years have seen far-reaching changes in services to protect and safeguard children across the UK. This, coupled with various cases of child abuse highlighted through serious case reviews reflect that no local authority is immune to incidents of abuse. 

In light of this, AFRUCA is holding a national conference -- Rethinking Child Safeguarding in the West Midlands on Thursday 16th February 2017 to build on its previous work on child safeguarding and to provide an opportunity for frontline practitioners, social workers, community and faith leaders, police officers, NHS staff, teachers and others to enhance their knowledge, understanding and capacity to support and work with children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. 



Conference Chair: Janet Latinwo, Senior Lawyer and Chair of AFRUCA Board of Trustees

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Alastair Gibbons - Executive Director for Children's Services, Birmingham City Council
  • Ms Gail Quinton, Executive Director, People, Coventry City Council (TBC)
  • Professor Claudia Bernard - Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Dr. Prospera Tedam - Lead, Social Work Practice Quality, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge



Expected Outcomes:

  • Identify strategies to better engage with Black, African, and mixed heritage families to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children.
  • Develop practical tools to enable better assessment procedures in relation to Black/African/mixed race children and families
  • Develop a better understanding of how to work with communities and community-led organizations in order to protect children.
  • Gain a stronger understanding of how to engage with faith organizations in order to protect children from abuse and harm. 



Conference format:

This one-day national conference will consist of keynote presentations, five (5) paper presentations and three (3) panel discussions with Q&A. 

Themes of this Conference:

Major safeguardng themes will be explored through the presentations and panel discussions highlighted below;



Conference Programme (

1. Keynote Presentations


2. Presentation: Pre-empt or React: Improving Outcomes for Children by: Gani Martins, Improvement ConsultantNW/WYH and former Interim Assistant Director Children’s Specialist Services, Bradford City Council


3. Presentation: Cultural Intelligence and Successful Child Protection Assessments by Debbie Ariyo CEO, AFRUCA

4. Panel Discussion: The Changing Role of the Third Sector in Provision of Services for Children 

Panel Chair: Gani Martins, Improvement Consultant, NW/WYH and former Interim Assistant Director of Children's Specialist Services, Bradford City Council


  • Rob Willoughby, Area Director, The Children's Society
  • Kathy Evans, Executive Director, Children England
  • Debbie Ariyo CEO, AFRUCA 


5. Not Left Behind: Supporting Mixed Heritage Children by Dr. Fiona Peters, Advisor on mixed race, foster and residential care, Author, Researcher, Speaker and Trainer

6. Explaining FGM in a Safeguarding Context by Prof. Hazel Barrett, Professor of Development Geography at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University

7. Panel Discussion: After Care, What Now? A Look at Mental Health, Trauma and Black Children 

Panel Chair: Lorna Scarlett, Assistant Director of Children’s Services in Birmingham City Council


  • Josie Dale, Mental Health Practitioner, Anti-Trafficking Project, AFRUCA
  • Hughes Izuchukwu, Clinical Psychologist and practicing Integrative Psychotherapist in Afro-psych Therapy Clinic
  • (TBC)



8New Perspectives on Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief by Oladapo Awosokanre, Project Coordinator, AFRUCA

9. Panel Discussion: Place of Worship, Place of Safety

Panel Chair: Micho Moyo, Principal Officer, Safeguarding  - Schools and Education Services, CP Advisor, LADO Team, Birmingham City Council


  • Pastor Adejoke Oladayomi, Pastor of RCCG, Oldbury on the Rock, Oldbury, West Midlands
  • Alhaja Bilikisu Savage, Muslim Women's Leader
  • Pastor Dupe Adefala, Pastor of Word Fountain Christian Ministries, Oxford
  • Bal K Sandhu, Chair Safer Sikhs Partnership



Refreshments will be provided at the event alongside networking opportunities.



Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact or call 0207 704 2261

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Tickets purchased for this event are transferable. If you wish to transfer your ticket to someone else, please send an email to Please state your name, your Eventbrite order ID and full name of the person you wish to transfer the ticket to. 

Are there any other payment methods? 

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

Cancellation: Any late cancellations two weeks to the event will not be refunded

Do you have questions about Rethinking Child Safeguarding in the West Midlands? Contact Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA)

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The Saffron Centre
256 Moseley Road
B12 0BS Birmingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 16 February 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 (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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