Cases of child abuse linked to faith or belief (CALFB) continue to be documented. However, there is limited research and understanding of CALFB. Further, there is a lack of clarity of definition. These factors then impact upon effective practice. Recognising this, the National Working Group for CALFB called for research on which to develop evidence‐based practice. This paper reports on key findings from a mixed‐method online survey which was completed by 1361 participants from a range of practitioner and community groups. The participants identified the importance of policy and multiagency working in this area, but they acknowledged the complexity and challenges associated with developing and implementing good practice. Recommendations from the study include a review of relevant policy to evaluate its application to CALFB, the development of faith literacy training for frontline practitioners and the creation of a space in which statutory, faith and community groups can dialogue. © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
‘There is limited research and understanding of child abuse linked to faith or belief’
Key Practitioner Messages
Frontline workers express a lack of understanding and experience of child abuse linked to faith or belief (CALFB), and all require specific training.
There is a need for faith literacy training and a space for statutory and faith‐based communities to dialogue in order to build trust, formulate policy and share good practice.
Policy around CALFB needs to be formulated and translated into practice.