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The Safeguarding Journey

‘Get up and eat or the journey will be too much for you’ (cf. 1 Kings 19:7)

The journey to a church and a society where all are safe — children, women, vulnerable persons of all sorts — is indeed long and demanding.

Your studies at the Centre for Child Protection (CCP), whether the Diploma or the Licentiate, provided you with knowledge and awareness to assist you in the work of safeguarding. But the journey continues, and you have probably encountered various challenges in whatever role(s) you have had in safeguarding.

What nourishes and supports you along the way, especially when you encounter challenges of isolation, denial, lack of comprehension, institutional and cultural resistance, even outright opposition?

An Invitation to a Journey of Collaboration

We at the IADC would like to share the journey with you. What is the IADC? The Centre for Child Protection at which you studied has now become a new Institute within the Pontifical Gregorian University: the Institute of Anthropology — Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (IADC).

The new IADC is itself the result of a journey, one that began with the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) within the Gregorian’s Institute of Psychology in 2012, then moved on to separation from its parent Institute in 2019, and now has led to a new Institute within the University.

Share Your Story

We are inviting you to a continuing collaboration with us and with our network around the world. Collaboration is a two-way street, a mutual relationship: we want to support and assist you, and we would like you to assist us from time to time in our work.

To help us move forward with this collaboration, we would like to know where you’ve been, and what you’ve been doing since you graduated from the Centre for Child Protection.

So here are 10 quick questions:

1. When did you graduate?
2. Have you been involved in safeguarding since then?
3. How and in what capacity?
4. With what success?
5. With what challenges?
6. What part of your CCP training helped you most?
7. What part of your CCP training did you feel was lacking?
8. What has given you the greatest satisfaction in your work?
9. What has caused you the greatest disappointment in your work?
10. How can we, as the new Institute, help you going forward?

Please share your story. It will help others to create theirs.

Please send your responses to
Photo credit: “Going home” by PeterThoeny is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Meet Br. Tony Shanahan, coordinator of our alumni network

Br. Tony Shanahan

Born in Sydney, Australia, Tony entered the Congregation of Christian Brothers after secondary school, having been inspired by the Brothers who taught him to pursue his interest in education.  During his 12 years as a secondary school teacher he completed a BA (English and Politics). However, his professional direction changed in 1983 when he came to Rome to do the Licence in Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. The following years saw him in a series of roles in formation and congregational leadership, for 15 years in Australia, then 17 years in Africa. During this time he was involved with the pilot phase of the Centre for Child Protection Blended Learning program, then in helping to facilitate a number of groups undertake this program in Nairobi, Kenya. In March 2021 he returned to Rome to take up an administrative role at his Congregation’s General House.  The issue of safeguarding has been a prominent part of his experience and work for 30 years, and he is delighted to be involved with alumni through the new IADC.