Safeguarding children from abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession

Safeguarding children from abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession

This non-statutory, good-practice guidance is intended to help professionals to understand the child protection needs of children who are abused or neglected because of a belief in spirit possession.  The guidance is is particularly aimed at practitioners and their managers in local authorities, education, health, and social care settings, but will be useful to a range of professionals and organisations.  Where there are concerns for safety and welfare of children in these circumstances Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection procedures must be followed at all times.

The Guidance Includes:

  • Policy and Legislation
  • Key Considerations in Addressing Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit
  • Definitions and Incidence
  • Why are Children Abused or Neglected in this way?
  • Identifying Child Abuse or Neglect Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession
  • What to Do if You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect Linked to a Belief in Spirit
  • Concerns about a Place of Worship
  • Best Practice of Agencies and Institutions
  • What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFES-00465-2007

Contents

Procedure Flowcharts

  1. Referral to Children's Social Care
  2. Action following assessment
  3. Urgent action to safeguard children
  4. What happens after the strategy discussion?
  5. What happens after the child protection conference, including the review process?