Dr Joseph Cassar is a consultant psychiatrist who graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Malta and pursued his psychiatry training at Yale University, USA graduating as psychiatrist in 1998 and furthering his training in consult liaison psychiatry obtaining a fellowship in the field in1999. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Malta and is presently working at Mater Dei Hospital co-leading in emergency psychiatry and consult liaison psychiatry. He is a court expert in a number of cases involving alleged child and adolescent abuse in Malta and Gozo. This year the episopcal conference nominated him as President of Cana Movememt.
The Safeguarding Commission is an entity founded in February 2015 by the Archdiocese of Malta, the Diocese of Gozo and the Conference of Religious Major Superiors. Through increased awareness and positive action the Commission aims to bring about a new culture where children and vulnerable adults are at the centre of the Church’s pastoral work. It promotes prevention of all types of abuse through increased awareness and positive action.
The Safeguarding Commission provides support in the following four areas:
- Creating and maintaining a safe environment
- Training and policy development
- Responding to safeguarding allegations and concerns
- Provide care and support to victims and survivors.
The Safeguarding Commission works closely with civil authorities, in particular the Malta Police Force, to ensure that the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults is sought at all times.
As from 2017, the Safeguarding Commission started offering its services to organisations outside the Church which work with children and vulnerable adults in order to be a Safeguarding Champion in Malta and Gozo. Please contact us for more information.
Help & Advice
We are here to provide expert safeguarding and child protection advice to the Church in Malta and Gozo as well as to independent organisations who work with children and vulnerable adults. We would like to help you put the right safeguards in place.
We provide guidance on the following topics:
- Preventing abuse
- Dealing with a concern
- Setting policies
- Training for staff and volunteers
- Online safety
- Information sharing
- Working with parents
- Safe recruitment (including Protection of Minors Act Court Applications)
- Managing leisure facilities