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Child Witchcraft Phenomenon Consultant Gary Foxcroft

Gary Foxcroft
24 St Leonard’s House
St Leonard’s Gate
Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1NN
phone: 0845-313-8391
Gary Foxcroft has wide-ranging expertise working with Children Accused of Witchcraft. Mr. Foxcroft practices his specialty principally in Nigeria and the UK, but is available for consultation internationally. With degrees in Social, Cultural, Environmental and Developmental Studies from Derby and Lancaster Universities, he is uniquely qualified to detect the signs of Child Abuse linked to witchcraft accusations.

Mr. Foxcroft has in-depth knowledge of the belief system itself, the factors that lead to the belief, the signs of child abuse, and UK and Nigerian policies in particular that relate to witchcraft accusations. He founded Stepping Stones Nigeria after first coming across the Child Witch Phenomenon in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 2006. Stepping Stones Nigeria has helped rescue and rehabilitate over 500 children accused of witchcraft since that time.

Mr. Foxcroft has appeared on two UK documentaries, "Saving Africa's Witch Children" and "Return to Africa's Witch Children" both of which received critical acclaim winning BAFTA, EMMY and Amnesty International Film Awards. He continues to present papers at UNHCR and the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Foxcroft also participates in various conferences and works closely with numerous news agencies around the world to raise awareness of the issue.
Stepping Stones Nigeria is a grassroots, child rights NGO that works with partner organizations in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria to protect, save and transform the lives of vulnerable children.

The rights of an increasing number of children around the world are being violated due to the belief in child 'witches'. Widespread cases have been highlighted in African countries such as DRC, Angola and, most recently, Nigeria.

This report has been prepared by the UK-based charity, Stepping Stones Nigeria in collaboration with those of our Nigerian partner organisations who specifically work on the issue of witchcraft accusations against children: Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), Stepping Stones Nigeria Child Empowerment Foundation (SSNCEF) and Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD).