Savera UK Training

Training: Spotlight on Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief

Training: Spotlight on Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief

Date: Thursday 10th December

Time: 10am – 3pm

Venue: Zoom webinar (link will be provided after registration)

Tickets: £30 statutory services, £10 voluntary services, free for students. If you would like to book for your team and require an invoice, then please contact [email protected]

In partnership with the National FGM Centre, Savera UK is hosting a training session to shine a spotlight on abuse linked to faith or belief

Aim: To equip professionals with the knowledge and confidence to recognise and deal with child abuse linked to faith and belief.

The stories of Victoria Climbie, Ayesha Ali, Kristy Bamu, and Khyra Ishaq (to name a few) highlighted that child abuse linked to faith and belief is another hidden form of abuse that professionals should be aware of.

The ‘National Action Plan to Tackle Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief’ (2012) focuses on the belief in concepts of witchcraft and spirit possession; demons or the devil acting through children or leading them astray; the evil eye or djinns and dakini; ritual or muti murders; and the use of belief in magic or witchcraft to create fear in children to make them more compliant when they are being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation.

Child abuse linked to faith or belief will present as:

  • neglect,
  • physical,
  • sexual,
  • emotional abuse

and the challenge for professionals lies in identifying the underlying cause of the abuse.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify factors within various faith and belief systems that may make some of these harmful to children and adults
  • Gain greater confidence to recognise and support those at risk of abuse linked to faith and belief
  • Consider different ways to assess the religious/spiritual beliefs of families
  • Reflect on current practise
  • Learning from serious case reviews

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National FGM Centre