COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION!! COMMUNICATION!!!

One very good example about African community-focused culture is that everyone is your brother and sister even if they are not biologically related to you (we do this with faith too and it’s done in the military as comradeship). It is mostly in Africa that you will see someone calling a man or woman who is not his/her biological parent “daddy or mummy” – that is simply the beauty of the culture.

An unfortunate incidence was reported to us where it was stated that  a caseworker became hostile to an African lady who said she left her child with her sister when she (caseworker) discovered that the so called “sister” was not her biological sister. She felt deceived and would not accept any explanation.

This is how one culture differs from another to the point that the lack of understanding of a culture, especially by public service providers like the Social Work has continued to unfairly dealt with African women (of course) with negative consequences on the children the system claimed to want to protect.

A record number of African children are falling into care and African working in care and fostering are extremely low. This leaves hundreds, if not thousands of African children in the care of those who do not understand their culture and as these children are mostly at their very young age, it makes rehabilitation to the original parent extremely difficult.

These children also, having been exposed to cultural conflicts right from their tender ages grow up to struggle with self-identity and which affects their self-esteem. We know that these could knock a child out at adulthood or seriously impede the child reaching his/her potentials in life.

The UK government and especially the Scottish Parliament need to look into this and act accordingly as this requires urgency.