London Safeguarding Children Board have developed this page that explores CALFB, the reasons why it happens, risk indicators and what to do if you are worried.
The belief in witchcraft has in recent years led to some horrific cases of child abuse and child-killing. Justin Bahunga reports on measures to tackle this growing problem.
In this leaflet you will find further information about child abuse linked to faith or belief, risk indicators and information on what to do if you are worried.
During police interviews, Victoria Climbie’s careers reported that they felt Victoria was possessed.
Ayesha’s killers believed that she was “evil” and had “bad blood”, and repeatedly disciplined the child.
In a recorded phone conversation with a friend the month before the killing, Ayesha was described by her mothers partner as a “pure evil” and a “witch” and she threatened to drown her in the bath.
Spry, a Jehovah’s Witness and a pillar of her local community, would punish the children because she thought they were possessed by the devil. Once she kept two of them imprisoned, naked and starving, in a room for a month.
This report concerns the frequency and severity of child abuse linked to accusations of “possession” and “witchcraft”. It identifies key features common to these cases, draws conclusions and makes recommendations.
This groundbreaking new research investigates current knowledge and raises awareness of child abuse linked to faith or belief. Internationally, cases of child abuse linked to faith or belief (CALFB) continue to cause concern (Bartholomew, 2015; Hansen & Ruggiero, 2013).
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to take into account families’ cultural and religious context when undertaking assessments and offering support. The rights and needs of the child need to remain the focus of interventions at all times, regardless of this context.
In this series of videos, faith leaders explore what possession, demons, spirits and witchcraft mean in their religion. Each video contains advice on how to work with families who believe their child is possessed or evil.
Rabbi Roni Tabick discusses the context of spirits and demons in Judaism.
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