AFRUCA Summit on African Children and Families in London 2014

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Safeguarding Our Children, Engaging Our Community

Date: Saturday 11th October 2014

Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm

Venue: Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, Coram Street London WC1N 1HT

Event Convenor: Modupe Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder of AFRUCA

Event Host: Priscilla Nwikpo, Presenter, The Woman Show, BEN TV

Chief Host: Diane Abbotts MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Keynote Speaker: Ade Adetosoye OBE, Strategic Director of Community and Children’s Services, City of London

Special Guest of Honour: Cecile Kyenge MEP and Former Minister for Integration, Italy

Special Performances: Magdalene Adenaike, Jessica Chukwu and Ugandan Dance Troupe

Summit Aims and Objectives:

This major event is a follow up to the very successful first Summit on African Children and Families held in October 2013. It aims to explore key safeguarding issues and challenges faced by children of black and African origin across London with a view to generating ideas and solutions to help combat the problems. This event aims to empower young people, their parents and the community to take ownership of the myriad of challenges confronting them to be able to ensure better safeguarding and protection for children.

Participants will spend the day sharing knowledge, ideas and professing solutions to help support families who are facing challenges leading to risk of harm to children.

Please note that this event is for UK residents only.

Summit Format

This free, one day event will be in the form of plenary and workshop sessions. Many agencies and community organisations working on different issues are also exhibiting at this event. They will be on hand to take referrals from parents, young people and others who may require help and support in different ways.

Themes of this Summit

Themes will be explored through 4 different plenary workshops. Participants will be able to attend all workshops.

1. Workshop One: Discipline In African Families: To Beat or Not to Beat? Special Session By AFRUCA Children’s Champions

Presenters: Ekanem Robertson, Courage Mthobeni, Margaret Agbabiaka and Franck Omombo

Chair: Prospera Tedam, Chair Board of Trustees AFRUCA and Senior Lecturer in Social Work- Practice University of Northampton.

2. Workshop Two: Is Female Genital Mutilation an African Problem?

Panelists: Dr. Comfort Momoh MBE, FGM/Public Health Specialist, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, Hawa Sessay, Founder Hawa Trust, Muzvare Betty Makoni,CNN World Hero and Founder Girl Child Worldwide Network and Leyla Hussein, Co-founder Daughters of Eve.

Chair: Foluke Akinlose MBE, Founder, Precious Women Online (TBC)

3. Workshop Three: What Can We do About the Trafficking of African Children to the UK?

Presenters: Dorcas Erskine, Co-ordinator Poppy Project and Lola Gani-Yusuf, Anti-child Trafficking Co-ordinator, AFRUCA.

Chair: TBC

4. Workshop Four: Bullying, Sexual Abuse and Internet Safety: Enhancing Protection for African Children

Presenters: Jim Gamble, Chief Executive INEQE (TBC), Phinnah Ikeji, Founder Parents of Black UK Pupils and Annette Williams, Service Manager, AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families.

Chair: TBC

Lunch, Refreshments and Child Care

Free lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event. There are very limited child care facilities in place for children between the ages of 6 and 14. Parents who require child care must contact us separately to arrange.

Email: for child care facilities

We expect this free event to be over-subscribed. Please register your place now to avoid any disappointments.

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