COURSE: Understanding Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft, Juju and Spirit Possession

Understanding Abuse Linked to Belief in Witchcraft, Juju and Spirit Possession: A Professional Development and Reflective Learning Course for Frontline Practitioners


There have been a number of horrific cases in the UK over recent years, which highlight the need for greater understanding of the human rights violations that take place due to belief in witchcraft, juju and spirit possession. This course has been developed by the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) to help frontline safeguarding workers, and those working in wider services, become better equipped to understand and respond well to situations where abuse linked to beliefs in witchcraft, juju or spirit possession is anticipated or occurs. 


With greater understanding will come reduced anxiety about carrying out safeguarding roles in the context of different belief systems. This in turn will improve the quality of assessments and interventions; and ultimately lead to greater protection, access to justice and enjoyment of their wider human rights for those who may be at risk or have suffered abuse due to the beliefs in witchcraft, juju or spirit possession.


Using a variety of learning tools, course participants will:

  • Explore the different belief systems behind these forms of human rights abuses.
  • Examine the role that different faiths may play in promoting beliefs in witchcraft, juju and spirit possession.
  • Work to identify strategies to promote better safeguarding and positive interventions in cases where there are concerns due to the influence of beliefs in witchcraft, juju and spirit possession.
  • Reflect on how their own personal perspectives and beliefs may affect their approach when responding to allegations relating to these types of abuse.


Course sessions are held throughout the UK and Ireland from this month onwards. For more information about dates, venues and prices please see here.


Please contact Gary Foxcroft at [email protected] for further information.

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