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Diploma in Safeguarding

Join us in growing the network of safeguarders

This course is offered each year in the English language during the first semester (October to February).

This interdisciplinary and interactive five-month program forms advisors, officers, and trainers for the field of safeguarding.

Entre febrero y junio de 2023 este programa se ofrecerá en lengua española.

Program Description

The Diploma in Safeguarding is a multidisciplinary, academic program, intended for those who are going to professionally promote safeguarding in their home countries in a variety of areas. Students acquire specialized and interdisciplinary competencies within the field of safeguarding. They are asked to relate the content of the course to their own cultural realities and therefore learn to critically assess both. 

Students learn the practical application of their newly gained competencies through a series of real-life tasks specific to their own cultural backgrounds. All successful graduates develop a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills, which allows them to solve the challenges they will encounter in their safeguarding activities and to deal with them in creative ways. This course fosters the growth of students’ abilities to effectively create change and implement preventative measures.

The diploma students come from all over the world. Some are religious or priests, others lay people. Our students have backgrounds in educational science, social work, psychology, theology, (canon) law, and related disciplines they can build on. Some hold a bachelor’s degree, others a master’s or doctoral degree. Some have had ample work experiences inside or outside the field of safeguarding. But they have at least one thing in common: determination to make the world a safer place for children and vulnerable adults – especially in church contexts.

Applying for the Diploma Course

Candidates must receive approval from the IADC’s administration by completing the rolling admission process before being able to follow the PUG’s application procedures.

Step 1: Fill out the IADC Application Form and send both the form and required documents (see below) in one email to during the application period, which starts 2 January 2022 and ends 15 March 2022.

(If you’re interested in applying for the course in Spanish, see this page.)

Step 2: You will be contacted by us to schedule an online personal interview with one of the IADC’s administrators.

Step 3: You will receive notification of acceptance, or otherwise, thereafter. If you are accepted, you will be given information about available scholarships.

 Step 4: In the case you need to obtain a visa from your designated Italian embassy or consulate, write to For further information about the visa process, click here. Please note that our offices will be closed from 1 to 19 August.

Step 5: Starting September 2022, you will need to complete the PUG’s pre-registration process and payment process. This can be started online from your home but must be completed in person in Rome.

In Rome, the PUG’s Foreign Students Office may be helpful.

Contact us with any questions about the program, application, or selection process at

Application Form

Download the application form for the diploma course.

This form must be submitted with the required documents by 15 March 2022.


The cost of tuition for academic year 2020/2021 is €2160.

Applicants who need financial aid may be eligible for scholarships.
Please contact us directly at for more information.

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