WHO WE ARE:
STACAN is an acronym which stands for:
Standing Together Against Child Abuse and Neglect.
Formed by Elsie Owusu-Kumi (a UK qualified Social Worker) with the support of friends working with children in various capacities.
STACAN (Ghana) is a non-profit organization with a particular focus on promoting the general well-being of children in Ghana. We carry out our work by collaborating with individuals and groups with similar interests to address peculiar issues faced by children and young people in our society. Our work takes the form of outreach i.e workshops, training, community work, and work with individuals and groups.
We seek to educate and empower by creating an awareness of what constitute Child Abuse and neglect, and equipping parents, carers, professionals and individuals who are involved in meeting the care needs of children, with the skills and knowledge needed.
Peculiar Issues we seek to touch on include: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual abuse/rape of children, Child Marriage, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Abuse linked to Faith, Internet Safety, mental health and well-being of children, Child Labour, Children branded as witches, domestic violence and abuse and the impact on children, Child Trafficking etc. Whilst we acknowledge that Child Abuse covers a broad area, a primary concentration will be Child Sexual Abuse and Rape.
We equally aim to liaise with policy makers and decision makers at both the local and national level to influence decisions made about the rights and wellbeing of children.
STACAN UK seeks to work with African communities to protect and safeguard children from abuse and harm. We aim to promote the best interests of the child in all our activities. Our stance is that culture and religion should never be a reason to abuse children.Research also evidences that there is overrepresentation of Black children in the Care System here in the UK. Our outreach work in the UK therefore aims to empower parents and impact knowledge so parents are aware of issues around child abuse and neglect and the thresholds in the UK. This is to ensure we reduce the number of children from African descent who find themselves in the Care System.
Our work is guided by key legislations and human rights treaties such as The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). UNCRC is devoted to the best interests of the child, and sets out rights that must be realised for children to develop their full potential. As a service we recognise the fundamental human dignity of children and the urgency of ensuring their well-being and development is promoted.