The Anglophone Safeguarding Conference, with the theme Celebrating Hope, will start on Monday 19 June 2017 with registration at 9.00am in the Atrium of the Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome and will end on Thursday 22 June 2017 at 1.00pm. International media will be invited to a press conference on Thursday 22 June 2017 at 4.30pm to share the message of the Conference and identify a way forward for safeguarding in the Church. A more detailed programme will be sent out to the delegates attending the conference.

As indicated below, the organisers included social activities outside the normal programme to increase the opportunities of networking and sharing between different Episcopal Conferences and Religious Orders. We encourage you to support this initiative.


Keynote presentations

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed keynote presentations.

  • The diocesan safeguarding role by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, President Malta Episcopal Conference
  • Hope for victims by the Reid Family
  • Hope for secondary victims by Prof Karlijn Demasure, Dr Katharina Fuchs & Fr Hans Zollner SJ, Centre for Child Protection
  • Hope for the sinner: Ministry to the clergy & religious perpetrators of abuse by Fr David Songy OFM Cap President & CEO, Saint Luke’s Institute
  • Hope for ourselves: Self-care for those working in safeguarding by Brother Brendan Geary, Marist Provincial



There will also the following workshops:

Workshop I

The sexual abuse of minors by the clergy: The effects of this crisis on non-offending priests in England and Wales 

by Rev. Dr. Barry O’Sullivan PGCert B F Psych, MBACP

Workshop II

Australian Royal Commission: Beyond hope to conversion and cultural change

by Fr Tim Brennan Executive Officer, National Catholic Professional Standards

Workshop III

Challenges and perspectives in pastoral care for perpetrators. Is there place for hope?

by Prof Karlijn Demasure, Executive Director, Centre for Child Protection

Workshop IV

Elements of Human Formation: Opening an horizon of hope

Part 1

Rereading the new Ratio Fundamentalis

by Fr Hans Zollner SJ, President, Centre for Child Protection

Part 2

Dealing with emotions and becoming affectively mature 

by Dr Katharina Fuchs, Research and Development, Centre for Child Protection

If anyone would like to present a workshop (one hour long) on a relevant topic please contact one of the organisers (contact details are at the bottom of this page). The deadline to submit your idea is 30 April 2017.


social activities

The following optional social activities will be included in the programme. We encourage delegates to participate to increase the opportunities for networking. For activities with a limited attendance places will be booked on a first come first serve basis.

  • Monday 19 June at 12.15                    Lunch (Sponsored)
  • Monday 19 June at 20.00                    Jesuit Churches Tour (Cost €5 per person)
  • Tuesday 20 June at 20.00                    Open Bus City Tour only 50 places available (Cost €20 per person)
  • Wednesday 21 June at 20.00            Conference Dinner (Cost €5 per person)

Conference Organisers