BACP CYP London

The 'Reid Family', which continues to play a pivotal role in the policy and programmes of AchieveNI on supporting survivors of sexual abuse, was recently invited to give a keynote presentation at the national BACP CYP conference in London.

The presentation blended the very powerful family narrative with therapeutic reflections on how the lack of effective provision in their experience might be avoided when supporting current survivors. The address won warm admiration and appreciation from assembled practitioners.

We would particularly like to acknowledge Aqualma Murray who was also a guest speaker. Aqualma has international experience in social work and has been in the social work field for over twentyfive years. She has worked with a wide range of client groups from varied ethnicity and ages. Aqualma started her career in the residential sector, working with disabilities and then specialising with young people in care. She has worked in area offices as a child protection social worker and has specialised with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.

At the request of the London Safeguarding Children's Board, Aqualma has co-ordinated and developed an on-line, Faith and Culture Training toolkit covering a wide range of issues such as Spirit Posssession, Forced Marriages, female genital mutilation and sexual exploitation of children as a resource for professionals/trainers.