The All-Party Parliamentary Group on safeguarding in faith settings met on Tuesday 19th March 2019 at the Houses of Parliament to hear the first call for evidence in its Inquiry into Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief: an exploration of multi-agency responses to Children in Need.
A number of individuals presented their evidence at the meeting which contributed to a greater understanding of the issues.
Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM Centre, presented evidence regarding ‘Understanding and responding to abuses linked to faith and belief.’
Professor Julie Taylor and Dr Maria Clark, from the University of Birmingham, spoke regarding ‘Representations of ‘Witchcraft’ in UK child protection: lessons from Serious Case Reviews.’
Detective Inspector Allen Davis, from the Metropolitan Police, presented on ‘The multi-agency response to Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief.’
Justin Humphreys, CEO at thirtyone:eight, spoke at the session on 'An exploration of knowledge about Child Abuse Linked to Faith and belief.’
A number of questions were raised and issues discussed in relation to this evidence which will inform the ongoing work of the inquiry. The APPG will now consider what additional evidence may be needed to inform the inquiry and explore this issue further.
Photo courtesy of: The National FGM Centre