Child trafficking and female genetal mutilation on agenda for East End’s African conference
- Credit: TH Council
Delegates from African communities across Europe are in London’s East End for a two-day conference discussing issues including child trafficking, female genital mutilation, possession by spirits and child fostering.
The two-day workshops which began yesterday at Whitechapel’s Osmani centre has delegates from France, Spain and Italy as well as the UK.
They are being run by Tower Hamlets Council’s African Families Service which acts to “safeguard” east London’s Black African children and their families.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman told delegates: “We want to make sure every community is well supported and do all we can to share our expertise.”
The council’s African Families service is the only one of its kind in the country, with specialist knowledge of culture and beliefs of the community that is now the East End’s second largest minority ethnic group.
You may also want to watch:
It provides social work expertise for families and runs a forum on ethnic issues, as well as giving guidance and training to other local authorities and organisations.
Delegates also include the Met Police, the Youth Against Crime charity and agencies working with the council’s Safeguarding Children Board. Two more conferences are planned later this year.
- 1 Election 2021: Live updates for GLA seat and referendums
- 2 Blaze at Canary Wharf tower block with cladding issue
- 3 New Providence Wharf fire: Two in hospital and 42 treated at scene
- 4 Racist vandalism keyed on cars parked in street on Isle of Dogs
- 5 New Providence Wharf: The four-year fight to remove 'Grenfell cladding'
- 6 Leyton Orient defender Josh Coulson set to depart
- 7 Politicians join forces on referendum about Tower Hamlets mayor
- 8 Mayor or leader: Your choice on May 6
- 9 12 countries announced on travel green list from May 17
- 10 Teenager arrested after 13-year-old stabbed in Isle of Dogs