Six crucial topics on the menu
Six workshops have been arranged; on per month. The first meeting between the Social and the African community is on November 24th at the Ron Davey Enterprise Centre, 10 Vulcan Street, Glasgow G21 3AN from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Below are the different topics to be respectively discussed at each of the six meetings:
- Why are Children taken away from their parents? (Indicator of concern)
2. What are the conditions, processes, and steps involved in taking children into care? – How 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.
The genesis of these workshops with the Social.
In Scotland, African children have been taken away from their families into care in the past weeks. The straw that broke the camel’s back is the baby “taken by Social Services few hours after the child was born,” Ronier Demeuni, the chairperson of the African Challenge Scotland (ACS) said.
The ACS raised an alert on behalf of the unfortunate family, and the parents got their baby back.
“As a platform for ethnic minorities in Glasgow and Scotland, the ACS contacted Glasgow City Council Social Services and arranged a meeting to discuss other available support opportunities accessible to our community members,” Ronier said.
In a statement on their Facebook page, African Challenge Scotland wrote: “We understand that there are existing gap and knowledge in our community due to culture differences.
“We are grateful to Glasgow City Council Social Services for their understanding, proactive support and collaboration in addressing these issues within our community.
“In today’s meeting, it was agreed that a series of six workshops per month will be delivered by Glasgow social services to educate our community. In this regard, the Glasgow Social Services will listen to our community attendee’s contributions and use the learning output to train their staffs.”
The African community in Scotland urged to come and defend their right.
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.