At the conference the NSPCC and partner organisations will call for better research, improved services, and for practitioners who work with BME families to have a better understanding of the issues within diverse cultures that can act as barriers to BME children affected by domestic violence seeking help.
NSPCC’s project manager for services to BME children and families, Norbert Marjolin, said:
“Black minority and ethnic children are just as likely to be affected by domestic violence as any others but their needs are not being met. Some cultural beliefs, stigma and shame can prevent many of these children from speaking out and getting the help they so desperately need.
“It is essential that those who work with children have an adequate level of competence in assessing and delivering services in a culturally diverse environment. More research is needed so that professionals working with BME families can better understand the barriers faced by BME children who are affected by domestic violence in their everyday lives. This will ensure that the specific needs of BME children and young people are appropriately met.”
These issues will be explored in greater depth at the Responding to Black and minority ethnic children and young people affected by domestic violence conference on Thursday 4th October. It is one of a number of events taking place in the NSPCC’s FULL STOP week (2-6 October) – an annual week of activities to stop child cruelty.
Senior representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Department for Education and Skills (DfES), University of Warwick and the black and minority ethnic voluntary sector will be speaking at the one day event organised by the NSPCC in partnership with a range of voluntary and statutory organisations.
The conference will provide delegates from the fields of health, education, domestic violence and child protection with the opportunity to propose recommendations directly to policy makers.
A report of the recommendations made at the conference will be published at the end of this year.
For further information please see the conference programme in the Notes to Editors section below.
Media wishing to attend should contact Valentine Murombe-Chivero in the media office on 020 7825 7416 out of hours mobile 07976 206 625.