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Cultural Awareness in Safeguarding

Sanctuary Training

Cultural Awareness in Safeguarding



Develop your knowledge of cultural issues within safeguarding with this comprehensive e-learning bundle. Understand the safeguarding issues around 'honour-based' violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and abuse related to beliefs in witchcraft and access important advice and guidance for professionals.


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 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage; female genital mutilation; and beliefs in 'witchcraft' or 'spirit possession' has occurred or may occur.

For example,

  • those who work in schools,
  • healthcare,
  • social care,
  • faith organisations,
  • community groups or the police.


This course bundle contains the following courses:

  • 'Honour-based' violence and Forced Marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Abuse Related to a Belief in Witchcraft

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives. This course contains additional resource materials, useful links and twelve refresher guides.


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
  • What FGM is and when and where is it performed
  • Facts and figures relating to FGM
  • The laws that help to protect women and girls from FGM
  • The socio-cultural context, including the perception of FGM as a religious obligation
  • What the impact of FGM is
  • Attitudes towards FGM
  • How to identify an FGM victim or potential victim
  • How to help prevent and ultimately eliminate the practice
  • The principles to follow when FGM is suspected or has been performed
  • The roles of different professionals
  • What is meant by ‘honour’
  • What it means to communities
  • Where it comes from and how big the problem is in the UK
  • What forced marriage, ‘honour-based’ violence and ‘honour’ killings are
  • Who is most at risk and when they are most at risk
  • What the family’s motives are
  • What the aggravating factors are
  • What the impact on the victim is
  • The barriers to change
  • The law in relation to ‘honour-based’ crimes
  • What the indicators are


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