Safeguarding of African children - Doing it Ourselves
No one is going to do it for us or correct any problem in our community. Anything that affects one of us affects us all. If you don’t believe me when your watch crime watch you pray and hope it is not an African or when there is stabbing in London someone is caught with drugs and all these affect us psychologically, socially and emotionally even though one is in Aberdeen one still feel it as our children, people and community.
Many African children are taken into care in this country especially down south but we are beginning to see and hear about this in Scotland. We don’t want to wait until it is out of control. We are here to discuss how to keep our children and our community safe. It is said, it takes a village to raise a child. If one child is in distress or danger then we fail as a community. We must look out for each other and each child. I hope we will have an open mind and try to talk candidly. And find a solution to our problems. I hope as many as possible will contribute in terms of asking question and suggestion or advice.
There is decency to think this happens somewhere else and not at our own backyard. But things do happen to children, some by mistake that can be avoided, some due to ignorance of the law in this country. What we do children in our home may be culturally acceptable but unacceptable by law here. The most important thing is the safety of the child at home and outside the home. We organised a safeguarding workshop to discuss our responsibility as an adult to make sure that our children are safe at all time and in all places. Knowing the rules and the law will save us from emotional stress and some unpleasant consequences with the law. Childcare is a big problem here it is good to know if your child is in good hands and safe. It is good to hear what the child is saying or acting so that you can do something about it. It is also important to know what the laws say about children rights, what is acceptable and what is not. For knowledge is power. Ignorance is not always a bliss.
Those who came to the workshop benefited greatly and was very successful as all the experts were from our own community and were able to talk candidly with us and we asked candid questions and concern and discussed ways forward. It was such an important topic that the workshop was run two times. The first one had about 30 parents the workshop covered the safety of children in the house and outside the house. Also, there were talks and discussions on the effect of culture in the discipline of children, the law and child protection. Parents were very engaged asking questions under different scenarios. It was very interactive and the facilitators were brilliant.
The feedback from those who attended was good.
We want to thank the City Council for making it this workshop happen.