After allegations of child abuse connected to witchcraft were’missed,’ the Metropolitan Police Service will learn how to recognize it.

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After allegations of child abuse connected to witchcraft were’missed,’ the Metropolitan Police Service will learn how to recognize it.

After admitting to being slow to deal with the issue, police are now being taught how to recognize indicators of child abuse based on beliefs in witchcraft or possession.

After a handful of cases were shamefully’missed or misdiagnosed,’ bobbies from the Metropolitan Police are being educated to recognize witchcraft-based child abuse.

Beliefs in witchcraft and possession have been linked to a number of child murders and abuse cases in the UK during the last two decades, including the heinous murder of Victoria Climbié, a 9-year-old girl, in 2000.

When the child from the Ivory Coast claimed she was possessed, her great-aunt, Marie-Thérèse Kouao, tortured her to death in London.

In 2013, Ayesha Ali, an 8-year-old girl, was killed by her mother, who smothered her with a pillow. She stated the girl had “bad blood” and required “evil cast out of her.”

The Amber Project has released new recommendations to assist officers in identifying warning signals of abuse related to religious beliefs so that they can report incidents to authorities.

They are advised not to dismiss unexpected comments made by parents as mental health issues, but rather as possible indicators of a larger problem.

According to Metropolitan Police Inspector Allen Davis, who spoke to the BBC, “Cases are frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed. Practitioners may fail to recognize the potential for harm, blaming the charges on mental health issues or delusions.

“We need a systematic and coordinated approach in which this topic is ‘championed’ locally so that it is no longer perceived as a taboo subject with hidden consequences.

Because a considerable number of incidents appear to have occurred in British African communities, police were keen to emphasize their attention on cultural sensitivity in the drive.

“We need to mainstream our approach and ensure professionals are confident to address views in a careful but direct and professionally inquiring manner,” he said, despite the complexities and cultural sensitivities involved.

It was claimed in 2019 that up to 2000 youngsters in England have been harmed due to beliefs in witchcraft and possession.

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