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Culture in Child Protection Special Interest Group

'How can we ensure that we acknowledge and respond to race in child protection'

23rd May 2024, 9.30am - 11.30am

Speakers: Isobel Drew (Chair) and Vanisha Jassal (Vice Chair)

Areas of exploration within this meeting:

The issue of race has had some meaningful but limited exploration within multiagency child protection work within the UK. Our meeting will begin to explore the challenges and opportunities to progress critically reflective, culturally competent, and anti-racist work within practice.

The meeting will first consider the contemporary landscape and research context supporting our understanding of race within the sphere of child protection with a focus on key thinking and learning. The meeting will consider contextual and intersecting factors that currently impact issues or race, racism, and disproportionality. The meeting will also engage you in reflecting on your own organisational context and actions and activity that could make a positive contribution to the acknowledgment and response to race within child protection.  

Association of Child Protection Professionals and NOTA Learning Week - Day One: Understanding Racism in Child Protection Practice.
The week is a series of 4 individual online events which can be booked separately, or you can book for all 4 sessions at a discounted cost here.
Tuesday 18th June: Intersectionality and child protection: learning from the voices of South Asian victims/survivors of child sexual abuse

Presentation title: Unheard voices of 15 South Asian victims/survivors of child sexual abuse: how an intersectional approach can help develop child protection practice for minoritised ethnic children and young people

Child sexual abuse is an experience which most victims/survivors never disclose or report. Reasons why, have been widely documented over the years by scholars across the globe. This presentation will explore the experiences of a specific group of victims/survivors who are reported as facing additional barriers to disclosure and whose experiences have been minimally documented. The group consists of fifteen women of British South Asian heritage living in England who share their stories of abuse and offer important learning for UK child protection practice and policy.

Participants will be encouraged to relate to their own practice and take away action points.

Speaker: Vanisha Jassal

Chaired by Professor Kieran McCartan

Pricing structure- bookings for daily attendance can be made on separate forms

Association of Child Protection Professionals and National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse Learning Week
The week is a series of 4 individual online events which can be booked separately, or you can book for all four sessions at a discounted cost.
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Tuesday 18th June: Intersectionality and child protection: learning from the voices of South Asian victims/survivors of child sexual abuse

On Tuesday we continue the learning week with an engaging session by Vanisha Jassal, chaired by Professor Kieran McCartan.

Presentation title: Unheard voices of 15 South Asian victims/survivors of child sexual abuse: how an intersectional approach can help develop child protection practice for minoritised ethnic children and young people. 

Wednesday 19th June: Decolonising safeguarding practice: recognising cultural strengths as tools for a safer future

Building on the first two sessions, on Wednesday we will be led by Sarah Maindonald & Luana Swindells, chaired by Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly.

NOTE: This session will follow earlier timings, from 9:30am to 11am BST, due to differences in time zones.

Presentation title: Cultural strengths as therapeutic tools for decolonisation: pathways to safe futures

Thursday 20th June: Promoting Cultural Diversity in Child Protection Practice: the importance of cultural competence when dealing with child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour

On Thursday we will be led by Stephen Barry and Jennifer Allotey in this crucial discussion. Session chaired by Stuart Allardyce.

Presentation title: Key Language and Concepts in Promoting Cultural Diversity in Child Protection Practice: Considering the Needs of Ethnic Minority/Minoritised Communities in considering Child Sexual Abuse and Harmful Sexual Behaviour.

Friday 21st June: Safeguarding our children: exploring the impact of adultification and racism on black children

We close this learning week with a session led by AoCPP Trustee, Ann Marie Christian.

Presentation title: Safeguarding our children: exploring the impact of adultification and racism on black children. Session chaired by Kelechi Ukandu.

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Pricing structure

(Bookings for individual sessions can be made on separate event pages)

Culture in Child Protection Special Interest Group

'Culture in Child Protection SIG Launch'

29th February 2024, 9:30am - 11:30am 

Chair: Isobel Drew

Vice-Chair: Vanisha Jassal

What is culture?: defining culture in the context of child protection

For the purposes of this SIG culture refers to factors relating to a child’s race, ethnicity and religion. Ethnic, racial and cultural disproportionalities continue to exist across UK child protection practice, services and outcomes for children, young people and their families. This is known and accepted across agencies. Many scholars and practitioners have worked intensively to explore the lived experiences of children and families in the child protection system where cultural issues have needed greater recognition and understanding. This SIG seeks to bring together existing research, best practice and wider learning, to support practitioners and child protection organisations to continue to make developments in this area and to adopt proactive and purposeful working practises so that racial and ethnic disproportionalities can be more effectively addressed.

The launch event
Join us on 29th February for an introductory discussion into Culture in Child Protection. Hosted by our SIG Chair, Isobel Drew, and Vice-Chair, Vanisha Jassal, this launch event aims to familiarise you with the subject area, and guide your expectations of the SIG. So, what can you expect from this session?

Please join us to (re)visit this important conversation.

What to expect from this Special Interest Group

Looking beyond the launch event, this Special Interest Group will meet throughout the year to: