Gregorian to offer diploma in safeguarding minors

Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University is to offer a diploma programme on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy.

Starting next year, the one semester course will be offered by the Center for Child Protection at the university.

The diploma will be awarded at the close of a residential course.

The programme aims to form persons who will eventually become child protection officers for dioceses, religious congregations, and similar organisations, as well as advisors and trainers in the field of safeguarding.

In addition to exploring the psychological, pastoral, canonical, and practical approaches to safeguarding minors, the course will also address a systematic theological approach to the topic.

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