Presentation on theme: "Oxfordshire Cultural Parenting Project “Making a difference to Children and Families”"— Presentation transcript:
1 Cultural Parenting Aziza Shafique / Joy Rurangwa “Making a difference to Children and Families”
2 Oxfordshire Cultural Parenting Project “Making a difference to Children and Families” Social isolation from within their community and wider communityStigma from within their own cultureCultural myths about having a disabled child, magic spell, a curse, or punishmentMothers often get the blame for having a disabled childFamilies from minority ethnic groups caring for a severely disabled child are even more disadvantaged than white families in similar situations for the reasons above.
3 Oxfordshire Cultural Parenting Project “Our Aim” To break down the internal barriers such as shame, guilt, embarrassment and blameTo overcome external barriers such as language, culture, religion, race, poverty and disabilityFor families to access our groups and have a network of support around themTo support parents to talk about their experiences of having a child with a disabilityTo develop self-esteem and confidence and be able to access main stream services
4 Oxfordshire Cultural Parenting Project Tailor made services in community languages Outreach programmeOne to one supportWorking with extended familiesShort breaksDay trips for familiesGroup WorkSign postingReferrals from other professionalsIntegration into other services such as Children's Centres, pre- school services, Schools across Social Care, Education and Health.
5 Support Groups in Three Locations EHSAAS Group in Rose Hill Children's Centre OxfordEHSAAS Group in the Multi cultural Centre Woodgreen In BanburySupport Group For African Families In Cuddeson Corner Children's Centre Blackbird Leys OxfordDelivered in the Nine languagesUrdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Pashto, Bangladeshi, Swaheli, Lingala, Kinyarwanda and French
6 Dill de Awaz EHSAAS ‘The voice from our hearts’ Rose Hill – OxfordWeekly support groupSocial and Emotional supportDiscussionsAdvice and guidanceEid celebrationsShopping tripsCrochetFacialsMassages
7 Dill de Awaz EHSAAS ‘The voice from our hearts’ Cultural Centre - BanburyVisits to Oxford GroupWorking in Partnership with Other AgenciesOutreach - Children's Centre, Multi-Cultural Centre, Early Intervention Hub, Home SupportDiverse Communities“Hard to Reach Families”Tailor Made ServicesSimilar issues to Oxford Group
8 Support Group for African Families By Joy Rurangwa
9 Newly Established Group The families that we are working with are still going through the first stage of grieving for their child's (ren) disabilitySimilar issues of guilt and shame as the Asian cultureMothers are often blamed for the child’s disability and therefore feel angry.Outside agencies are often seen as a threat to the familiesLanguage and Cultural barriers make it harder to understand their child's disability and access services
10 Weekly Group Some of the Issues we Come Across Supporting parents to talk about their experiences of having children with disabilitiesUnderstanding the child's diagnosis by inviting guest speakers to discuss some of the clinical issues behind disabilitiesAccessing our group and having a network of support around them to support them culturally and emotionally
12 What do the women think about our groups “I am not alone I've met other women with children with cerebral palsy” “I don’t feel guilty any more” “I don’t feel judged” “I feel important” “It gives me an opportunity to socialise and meet new people” “I've made new friends” “I look forward to it all week” “It’s a life-line”
13 Some More Comments"I enjoyed today, It was so good and fun to know about parents feelings and how as African we think“"I loved the meeting, I know now it's not my fault or my mother's fault if my son has special need. I'm not feeling guilty now”"I love attending the meetings every week as I learn a lot. I need this support from others mothers who are going through the same experience as me.”"I really learn a lot through the discussions, we talk about positive thinking; how to work with schools and Parent Partnership to help understand the Educational system"