In 2006 and in response to Lord Laming’s Inquiry on the Victoria Climbie serious case review, eight London Boroughs pulled resources together in partnership with the Department for Education and the Home Office, to pilot the Community Partnership Advisory Service (CPAS).
Currently funded by the London Borough of Camden, the service aims to work around specific areas of harm to children stemming from traditional practices, abuses linked to faith and violence associated with cultural beliefs. The CPAS has over the past 12 months successfully delivered workshops and training courses on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, forced marriage and Honour Based violence.
The CPA Service in LB Camden is established with Voluntary Action Camden and its aims and objectives include:
- Ensuring that Camden’s diverse communities know about UK laws on child safeguarding, reporting procedure on child protection concerns and where to get professional help and advice.
- Improve collaborative mechanisms for keeping Camden’s children safe, by gathering and sharing information and continuing improvement in practice between statutory bodies, local community organisations and faith communities.
- Empower BAMER community/faith organisations, supplementary and weekend schools in their quest of bringing changes related to harmful practices.
- Bridge any gaps in communication that may exist between statutory services and communities it serves.
Roles of the Community Partnership Advisory Service (CPAS) include:
- To identify and work with BMER communities and faith groups, supplementary and weekend schools within Camden by offering training opportunities and links to statutory services on safeguarding children.
- To work with BMER communities, faith groups and supplementary schools in increasing their knowledge and awareness of child abuse and harmful practices including FGM, abuse linked to belief, child trafficking, discipline in faith setting and honour based violence.
- To work with statutory child service providers in understanding the diversity within BMER communities on child rearing and harmful traditions
For more information please follow this link to the Safeguarding Children Resources page: https://vac.org.uk/our-work/toolkits-and-resources/safeguarding-children-resources/
Dianne Carlton Ogunyemi | Community Partnership Advisor
Tel: 020 7 284 6575 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org