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AKAMAS - Victoria Climbie Conference feb 2011

  1. 1. Karen Walkden [email_address]
  2. 2. Pan London Safeguarding Faith and Culture Project Barnet Contribution <ul><li>Best practice: engaging effectively with community groups and voluntary organisations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background… <ul><li>1.6m children in London </li></ul><ul><li>40% BME </li></ul><ul><li>Disproportionality - SCRs </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting practices vs UK legislation on child rearing and safeguarding </li></ul><ul><li>Community knowledge of legislation and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals understanding and weighting of family culture and sensitivities </li></ul><ul><li>Trust needs to be built between statutory services and faith and cultural groups – so that protection of children is prioritised. </li></ul><ul><li>Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour </li></ul>
  4. 4. … Background <ul><li>New Migrant Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Pan London Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>All boroughs deliver focus groups (adult variations) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and disseminate best practice </li></ul><ul><li>8 Local Authorities with projects </li></ul><ul><li>July 2010 to December 2011 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Outputs <ul><li>Guidance on culture and faith issues to accompany the London Child Protection Procedures </li></ul><ul><li>A Strategy Toolkit to assist LSCBs engage with local communities whose culture and faith distinguishes them from the host nation </li></ul><ul><li>A Training Toolkit to assist professionals to better safeguard children whose circumstances include culture and faith issues </li></ul><ul><li>Conference held jointly with Trust for London on May 13 th 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>London Councils conference in November 2011 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Best practice – local authority audit <ul><li>Ethnic monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Policies in place, processes for updating </li></ul><ul><li>Equalities impact assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Designated BME/Faith safeguarding person </li></ul><ul><li>Process for views of BME/Faith to influence service provision </li></ul><ul><li>Publications to promote safeguarding of BME/Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention - Parent support programmes for BME/Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Training courses for professionals working with BME/Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach services </li></ul><ul><li>Faith and culture sub-groups for LSCB </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary sector BME networks </li></ul><ul><li>Universal services – reaching parents through primary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Culturally specific safeguarding advisors from the voluntary sector. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Focus group questions for faith and cultural community groups <ul><li>What do you think are the priority safeguarding children issues in your community and/or faith group? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your experience of the statutory and voluntary services for supporting families and keeping children safe in your area? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think statutory services professionals need to know and do (in relation to your culture and/or faith) that would help keep children safe? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Focus group questions for professionals <ul><li>What do you feel least confident about when acting to safeguard children/support families from minority ethnic cultures and faiths? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have easy access to expert advisers for the minority ethnic communities and faith groups that you deal with in your area? </li></ul><ul><li>What training would you like to improve your confidence and competence to safeguard children/support families from minority ethnic cultures and faiths? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think your LSCB could do to assist you in your task of safeguarding children in different culture and faith communities and groups? </li></ul>
  9. 9. On-line survey <ul><ul><li>www.surveymonkey.com/s/faithandculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still open: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>400+ responses to date </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Borough projects… <ul><li>Bexley – community parenting support groups for BME, managing inter-generational tensions </li></ul><ul><li>Brent – community needs assessment, creating a community lead sub-group for the local SCB. – focus on BME ( Victoria Climbe Foundation). Links to work in Harrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Enfield – training for professionals, church and community leaders and parents to promote early intervention and prevention in African communities. (AFRUCA) </li></ul><ul><li>Harringey – group work with Pentecostal pastors </li></ul><ul><li>Hackney – Community group work with Turkish/Kurdish families to address domestic violence and intergenerational conflict. </li></ul><ul><li>Merton – Investigating the extent and causes of disproportionality in child protection interventions for minority ethnic and faith communities. Links to AFRUCA work in Southwark. </li></ul><ul><li>Newham – sexual abuse and spirit possession in relation to Muslim teenage girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Tower Hamlets – Piloting a multi-agency cultural competence training programme </li></ul>
  11. 11. Barnet’s contribution <ul><li>Increase knowledge and uptake of safeguarding resources by faith and BME communities through advice service. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith and safeguarding conference 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safeguarding surgery on-the-road </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safeguarding Matters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.thefaithbook.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safeguarding resources mapped and details passed on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Barnet Multi-faith Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equality and Diversity training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network of Jewish organisations working with children and young people – safeguarding group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respecting professionals in the voluntary sector </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Barnet’s contribution <ul><li>Involve young people through Youth Shield </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newly formed in October 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of youth participation programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working with young people – teenage parents, drug and alcohol abuse, youth justice, disabled young people – report back April 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference with SACRE on 15 th March 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.thefaithbook.co.uk </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Barnet’s contribution <ul><li>Focus on supplementary schools and their particular needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training through Continyou 2 nd February 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing a safeguarding lead for each supplementary school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a learning group to drive training and support </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Barnet’s contribution <ul><li>Piloting materials, toolkits and information through focus groups and learning sets. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safeguarding leads in supplementary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BME community groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Shield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutory professionals </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Follow progress through updates on the following websites:
  16. 16. <ul><li>Link to on-line focus group questions: </li></ul><ul><li>www.surveymonkey.com/s/faithandculture </li></ul><ul><li>Link to project update: </li></ul><ul><li>www.londonscb.gov.uk/culture_and_faith/ </li></ul><ul><li>Link to BME/Faith safeguarding resources: </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/karenwalkden/safeguarding-resources-for-faith-and-bme-groups -5694179 </li></ul><ul><li>Link to this presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] 07941 203564 www.flourishing.me.uk </li></ul>

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