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Safeguarding Children in BAME Communities (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) & refugee and migrant communities) Ferzanna Riley Director: Roshni Trustee: Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) Simon Bass Policy Manager: Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Safeguarding Children in BAME Communities (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) & refugee and migrant communities)

    Ferzanna RileyDirector: RoshniTrustee: Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)

    Simon BassPolicy Manager: Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)

  • CCPAS is an independent Christian charity providing professional child protection advice support and training to churches, faith and other organisations throughout the UK and beyond.Who are we?

  • Policy and good practice developmentHelpline support (24 hours)TrainingPublicationsResearchAgency for criminal records checksServices

  • 20 Guidance to Churches - 72% churches aware15 churches join CCPAS half BMCs (approx 3,500 members -16,000 contacts)830 workers trained 500 contact for advice 300 criminal record checks10 churches helped to write cp policies8 churches assisted in developing programme for supervising sex offendersEvery Week

  • Churches Para-church organisationsOther faith groups

    CCPAS are independent and trustedBlack majority African led Churches

    CCPAS Customers

  • 76.8% of the United Kingdom population regard themselves as having some religious affiliation (2001 Census). While many of these people may not actively be involved in the worship component of a faith community, a substantial number are committed members of faith groups whose teachings to a greater or lesser extent guide their values and beliefs.There is an increasing body of evidence to show that black, Asian and minority ethnic communities experience greater direct or indirect discrimination than the majority white community. The socio-economic position of many individuals within BAME communities has limited their choices and increased their disadvantage. This stems from barriers to job opportunities, health and educational services.A few facts:BAME organisations provide a varied range of services to local people, particularly to those with significant social and economic needs. They tend to be led by and serve mainly, but not exclusively, people from minority ethnic communities.Alongside faith communities, the BAME sector has a good record of contacting 'seldom involved' members of our community. However, despite having strong community links, many BAME organisations continue to be excluded and remain on the edges of local policy debates.

  • What have been the issues?Safeguarding Children in BAME Communities

  • A pastor at an evangelical church has told the public inquiry into Victoria Climbies death that he believed the eight year old was possessed by the devil...In fact, the child was dying in front of his eyes.

  • A post mortem found 128 separate injuries, including evidence of cigarette burns, kicking, scalding with hot water and beatings with a bicycle chain and belt buckle.She had been bound by her wrists and ankles and left in a freezing bathtub during the cold winter months before dying of hypothermia and multiple organ failure while malnourished.

  • church leaders bought in, uncritically, to the notion that Victoria was demonized and this blinded them to the abuse. Although it seems that Victoria herself believed that she was "evil" and "possessed" this should have been seen as a childish response to sustained emotional and psychological cruelty. By accepting, without question, this interpretation of Victoria's evident disturbance the church effectively colluded with the abuse. To categorize a severely disturbed child as "possessed by the Devil" is an extreme example of blaming the victim.

    (David Pearson. Evidence to Laming Inquiry)

  • Working With African Families: Culture and Child Protection "Multi-cultural sensitivity is no excuse for moral blindness

    Mike O'Brien Solicitor-General and former Home OfficeMinister

    "There can be no excuse or justification for failing to take adequate steps to protect a vulnerable child, simply because that child's cultural background would make the necessary action somehow inappropriate. This is not an area in which there is much scope for political correctness"

    The Climbie Inquiry

  • AdamSeptember 2001 torso dragged from ThamesConcluded died as result of ritualistic killing

  • Child B (8)2 women sentenced July 2005Believed child to be a witchAbusers tried to beat the devil out of herFound stuffed in laundry bag in stairwellBeaten, chilli peppers rubbed in eyes, was to be thrown in river

  • (Ki)ndoki - traditional or indigenous healing

    Belief in Kindoki largely in Congolese / Angolan communitiesWitchcraft

  • Working with police (Project Violet) and Childrens Social ServicesNetworking with African churchesTraining pastors, leaders and workersHelping churches develop policies and safe practiceSpecific issues eg praying for childrenEncouraging faith groups to use CCPAS servicesLiterature badged by Met police

    CCPAS Response

  • EngagementTrustEducationTrainingInvolvementResourcingSolutionsOur Congolese Experience

  • Agreed policy statementWork to extending principles to each church preparing policies etcDiscuss issues help provide good practice guidelinesProvision of further specific training

    Congolese Pastorship

  • Childrens Minister Beverley Hughes described the Congolese Pastorships pledge to safeguard children as momentous and courageous.

    150 church leadersCongolese Pastorship signed a safeguarding pledge in the presence of the Childrens Minister

  • This pledge to put a new priority on child protection is a very welcome move from the Congolese Pastorship. I am very pleased that they have worked so closely with us in the London child protection agencies on this. It is imperative that we all work together to reduce the risk of harm to children and to ensure that proper action is taken to intervene when necessary. It is the least our children deserve.Congolese Pastorship pledge to safeguard children 6th June 2007

  • Issue not just for African churchesWorking with LSCBsWorking with the PoliceWorking with Churches, Mosques, Temples, Places of Worship

    Working with the Lancashire Council of Mosques and several LSCBs (Lancs, BwD) on safe practice.

    Assisting in Newham Safeguarding Policy for Mosques & Madrassahs

    Working across the Faith Sector with churches, places of worship and organisations

  • Addressing safe practiceWorking with offenders in places of worship

    Safeguarding more than Witchcraft and Spirit Possession

  • Children Act 2004 & Every Child Matters agenda failure of joint working and cooperating to safeguard children, all through tragic death of Victoria Climbie

    Resulted in Working Together 2006Private fostering arrangementsFocus on child trafficking

    Lord Laming inquiry remit didnt cover faith took evidence from CCPASOur Guidance to Churches manual foreword by Lord Laming

    - Working with Government

  • Working With African Families: Culture and Child ProtectionOther Challenges

    Private FosteringTrafficking of ChildrenFemale Genital MutilationPhysical PunishmentHonour violenceForced Marriage

  • Faith GuidanceResponse

    ***GtC 65,000 copies in all15 churches significant half BMCs, many African ledMembership this is churches who pay us every week for the service we provide.830 every week through seminars and distance learning Feedback sheets500 contacts via helpline, in person, emails etc*BMC involved in safeguarding for several years NT Church of God, Church of God of Prophesy, ACEA 10 years or more.********Came about because of the 230 pastors meeting, various groups now united in the purpose of safeguarding children, where once divisions.Came together for training and realized their need to work together.Felt marginalized unwelcome, language barrier hence producing our material in French.



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