The Glasgow Social Services has set up six workshops, one per month, to listen to the Africans’ contributions on the child protection issue and use the learning output to train their staffs.” The first meeting will be focused on the indicator and concern of African children taken away from their parents.
Below are the different topics to be respectively discussed at each of the six meetings:
- Why are Children taken away from their parents?
2. What are the conditions, processes, and steps involved in taking children into care? – How do Social Services work
3. What is the decision making process and how does this apply
4. Parenting – What parents can do and cannot do
5. Family group decision making (Health and safety).
6. Peoples support – Legal & Support Services – Health & Wellbeing – Parent complaint support.
Researches have shown that Black families are likely to be over-represented in the child protection system. It is therefore apparent that something is wrong somewhere and communication is the key to understand and solve the problem.
The hope is that the African community will attend the different discussions with the Social Services, two hours per month, to express their views and concerns while learning how to prevent their children from being taken away.