The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a ground-breaking survey into people's experiences of church and Spiritual Abuse (SA), in a context of issues of safeguarding and policy.
The survey was delivered online between April 2011 and December 2012.
The findings showed many people had encountered negative church experiences. Most respondents had very limited knowledge and understanding of SA and related support and intervention.
This survey represents the views of a small percentage of those who attend, or have attended, church and further more extensive research is required to provide a more comprehensive understanding. Additionally research is required within other faiths and cultural contexts.
It is evident that there is clearly a need to strengthen current safeguarding policy and practice with regards to SA.
This paper offers an initial insight into the challenges for safeguarding together with some suggested intervention strategies.
Thanks are extended to all the research participants.
Ruth Oakley, L. and Susan Kinmond, K. (2014), "Developing safeguarding policy and practice for Spiritual Abuse", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 87-95. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-07-2013-0033Download as .RIS
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