Raising awareness of safeguarding children in black and minority ethnic communities
This training resource helps adults in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities learn about childcare practices which may be positive or harmful, and ways to keep children safe.
This resource is aimed at safeguarding facilitators and others working with families in BME communities. It’s designed to enable parents and other adults reflect on issues affecting children and relate these issues to their own experiences. It was developed in partnership with people from BME communities and can also be used by other communities.
Its three modules help facilitators start group discussions on issues such as: child abuse; parents’ rights and responsibilities; the roles of statutory and voluntary agencies; and sources of support for families in the community.
Summary of modules
Module 1: Getting in touch with children’s needs
This module gets participants thinking about their own childhoods, how this has influenced their perceptions of children today, and what children need in order to grow to their full potential. This will create the context for thinking about safeguarding children in their community.
Module 2: Raising awareness about child abuse
These sessions enable participants to consider what child abuse is. They will become aware of the laws in the United Kingdom (particularly England), including the powers given to agencies to safeguard children and the rights and responsibilities of parents.
Module 3: Strengths and supports
This module helps participants to think about practices that protect children from harm in the family and community. They will learn about the roles and responsibilities of key professionals who are involved in safeguarding children, and the sources of support in their community.
Please cite as: NSPCC (2017) Keeping our children safe: raising awareness in black and minority ethnic communities. London: NSPCC.