Safeguarding in multi-faith communities.

Do you sometimes feel unsure about dealing with child protection issues when working with children and parents of different faiths?  Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect regardless of faith and culture. However, having a greater understanding of different faiths and cultures can help to ensure all children are adequately safeguarded.

The NSPCC has released a Multi-faith safeguarding hub to provide information, advice and resources, and give some key points as:

  • Understanding more about a child’s faith and the role faith plays in family life is important for anyone working with children, families or communities.
  • It can help when considering appropriate ways to approach conversations around child protection and child safety.
  • Safeguarding of children should be the focus of all actions.
  • Children need to be protected irrespective of cultural sensitivities. Under UK law, different practices are no excuse for child abuse or neglect.