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Abuse Related to Beliefs in Witchcraft

Sanctuary Training

Abuse Related to Beliefs in Witchcraft



An individual’s belief in witchcraft presents issues that many of us are simply unaware of. These beliefs can put children at real risk of being exploited and abused. Take this short course and raise your awareness – you could make a real difference to a child’s life.


The course aims to help anyone who works with children or has regular contact with children to recognise and respond to situations where abuse linked to beliefs in 'witchcraft' or 'spirit possession' has occurred or may occur.

This may include:

  • School staff
  • Adult and Children's Social Care Services staff and other local authority partner organisations
  • Housing and public health staff
  • Faith organisations
  • Community groups or the police


Starting with a basic understanding of what a ‘belief in abuse related to witchcraft’ is, you’ll gradually build up a picture of what the main risk factors are and finish with an understanding of the impact on professionals and their roles. Whether you work for a faith organisation, volunteer at a community group or work in a Local Authority social care department, this course contains all you need to confidently identify and approach the issue.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • What witchcraft is and the language used by perpetrators to refer to it
  • What the beliefs are and how widespread they are in the UK
  • Learn who the perpetrators might be and understand what the future holds for a victim
  • The indicators of witchcraft abuse and the issues around migration
  • What the limitations of your role are and the importance of addressing any misguided attitudes you may have
  • What the key legislation is 
  • The common features about the abuser

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