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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 programme forms advisors, officers, and trainers for the field of safeguarding.

Para más información sobre el Diplomado en lengua española, haz clic aquí

Programme Description

The Diploma in Safeguarding is a multidisciplinary, academic programme, 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 (Academic Year 2024-2025)

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.

Applications Submission Period: Fall/Winter 2023

Once the selection of applications has been completed, the identified candidates will be invited to participate in an online interview between January and March 2024. 

Interview dates will be announced at a later date.

We are currently reviewing our selection process. Further information and documentation might be required from you.

 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. Dates for submitting an application will be available soon.

(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 31 July to 25 August.

Step 5: Starting September 2024, you will need to complete the PUG’s registration process and payment process.

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

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


The cost of tuition for academic year 2022/2023 is €2220.

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