AFRUCA Workshop on Mental Health & African Children

Fri 14 July 2017 09:30 – 15:30

This workshop 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:

Part One:

  • Brief introduction to cultural intelligence and some exploration of cultural and religious practices impacting on child safeguarding among affected groups.

Part Two:

  • Psychological impact of child trafficking and exploitation, FGM, witchcraft and religion.
  • Repairing the Damage: Clinical intervention with child victims of trafficking and exploitation focusing on AFRUCA’s work

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Improve knowledge of key Mental Health issues affecting Black/African children experiencing Trafficking and exploitation, Witchcraft Branding and FGM.
  • Better understanding of the psychological and cultural syndromes of Black/African children experiencing different forms of culturally based child abuse and exploitation.
  • Enhanced ethical practices when working psychologically with Black/African children
  • Increased capacity of stakeholders and their ability to psychologically support victims of abuse in a culturally sensitive manner.

Target Audience:

  • CAMHs (Child and adolescent mental services);
  • Adult Mental health services,
  • Mental health practitioners,
  • G.P’s, Nurses,
  • Psychologists,
  • 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 0161 2059274

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 the name 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 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.

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