Debbie Ariyo OBE, CEO, AFRUCA
This unique publication unearths a whole new repertoire of knowledge which would be very useful for practitioners like myself as well as policymakers, students and academics in better critiquing the issues affecting the lives of African children in the UK. It is a refreshing addition to the academic debate about the resilience of children and it sheds a new light on the adverse conditions affecting children - and the role of various actors to help address these.
Professor Adele Jones, The Centre for Child, Family and Youth Research, The University of Huddersfield, UK
Though it is the case that black children face many of the harms children in the majority population are exposed to, because of racism and discrimination they also face different challenges. Writing from a strengths, rather than deficit focus, and using a systems analytic lens, the authors tackle an array of subjects from the more general such as mental health, community and, domestic violence to more specific challenges such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and witchcraft-related abuse. With contributions from some of the best scholars writing on black children's experiences in the UK today, this book addresses some of the structural factors that increase risk to black children, acknowledges their resilience and identifies ways to engage with them and their families. It fills a void in the safeguarding literature; indeed there is none like it. In addition to its practice and policy value, Bernard and Harris have achieved something whose significance cannot be overstated in the current climate, they have re-asserted the importance of progressive, anti-racist social work practice. The overarching message of this book then, is that safeguarding black children simply amounts to good practice for all children.
Professor Charlotte Williams, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
This book represents a bold and important departure in navigating the fine line between acknowledging the heterogeneity and strengths of black families and the known and systemised risk factors that mean black children are overrepresented across a range of safeguarding issues. It is truly a tour de force in breadth and in depth, addressing issues facing new migrants as well as those in established black communities. Sometimes challenging and contentious in their investigation, at times painful and moving in the content covered, but always exacting in drawing on the evidence base, these scholars have produced a collection that is a must for contemporary practice.