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3rd AFRUCA Summit on African Children and Families in The South of England 2015

October 10, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This year’s Summit on African Children and Families is a follow up to the very successful events held in October 2013 and October 2014. It aims to explore key safeguarding issues and challenges faced by children of Black and African origin across England 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.

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 and 1 special session on Female Genital mutilation (FGM). Participants will be able to attend all workshops.

1. Workshop One: Promoting our Health and Wellness

Speaker 1: Stephen Joseph  – Mental Health Nurse and Coordinator Hope Charity -Wandsworth

Speaker 2: Christabel Kunda – HIV Support Services & African Communities Service Manager – NAZ project

Speaker 3: Dr Charles Easmon – Medical Director – Your Excellent Health Service

Chair: Dr Diahanne Rhiney – Founder – Diahanne Rhiney Consultancy

2. Workshop Two: Youth Crime – (Grooming, Peer Pressure, Gangs, Guns and Knife Crime)

Speaker 1: Dorcas Gwata – Public Health Specialist & African Affairs News Analyst –  Arise TV, London

Speaker 2: Manni Ibrahim-Detached Youth & Community Worker- Westminster City Council and Consultant for Y.E.S ( Youth Empowerment Solutions )

Speaker 3:  [TBC]

Chair: Jennifer Izekor – Commissioner – Independent Police Complaints Comission

3. Special Session: Female Genital Mutilation

Speakers: AFRUCA Anti-FGM Youth Champions

Chair: Muzvare Betty Makoni – CNN World Hero and Founder Girl Child Network

4. Workshop Three: Faith Based Abuse (Religion and Sexuality & Abuse linked to Belief in Witchcraft and Juju)

Speaker 1: Justin Bahunga – Training Consultant on Faith Based Abuse

Speaker 2: Jide Macaulay – Founder & CEO – House Of Rainbow CIC

Chair:  Gani Martins – Social Care Improvement Management Consultant and Former Interim Strategic Director for Children’s Services – Salford City Council

5. Workshop Four: Domestic Violence (DV) in African Families

Speaker 1: Kudakwase Nyakudya  – Founder – Kahrmel Wellness

Speaker 2: Memory Nyahunzwi – Script Writer & Producer,Trapped Movie

Speaker 3: Delores McPherson- Director- Claudia Jones Organisation

Chair: Sharon Griffiths – Child In Need Co-ordinator- Westminster City Council


Refreshments and Childcare

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

There is very limited child care facility in place for children between the ages of 6 and 14. Parents who would require child care must contact us separately to arrange.  In order to do this please email: saater@afruca.org.

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

Your donations are welcome.

To register visit:




Kensington Aldridge Academy
1 Silchester Road
1 Silchester Road, W10 6SQ United Kingdom


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