GHR is humbled to support Pope Francis’s vision of the Church as a safe and trustworthy place of healing and service, not only in our desire to support those harmed by abuse but also to improve the Church’s ability to better serve the millions they work with daily in all areas of social service.
In early 2023 we began providing field resources to support safeguarding standards and annual reporting across four global regions in partnership with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. These resources will enable data collection and capacity building, ultimately to bring about transparency, accountability and process improvement. For GHR, this work fits into a broader effort to advance care for the most vulnerable, including support of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI), The Association of Member Episcopal Conference of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), and others.
In early May, Pope Francis met with the Safeguarding Commission members and staff, and he encouraged them to continue with their efforts to improve guidelines and standards for the conduct of those in service to the Church to safeguard against sexual abuse.
More recently, the Commission launched a global consultation on updated guidelines to prevent sexual abuse in the Church, aiming to serve as “a model to define safeguarding standards to be implemented in every local church across the world.” Through surveys, a capacity-building program, new systems for receiving and managing accusations of abuse and data collection for the production of an Annual Report, the Commission aims to “promote protection from abuse in the Church according to existing good practices in safeguarding.”
GHR is committed to the protection of young people and all vulnerable people, working closely with the Catholic Church and an array of other partners to advance safeguarding policies and activities. Learn more about our work supporting the global Church here.