Statement: Creating a Culture of Safeguarding

Statement: Creating a Culture of Safeguarding


On 6th November 2023, 133 members of 90 religious orders gathered at Fraterna Domus north of Rome for a one-week conference on Safeguarding. There were 78 female religious from 51 congregations and 55 male religious from 39 congregations. This important gathering of religious with responsibility for safeguarding was organized by the Care and Safeguarding Commission of the Unions of Superiors General (UISG / USG) in Rome.

Participants at the workshop on Safeguarding listened to presentations which were informative, profound, and challenging. There was an atmosphere of deep trust, openness and sharing which helped to create an environment wherein participants could reflect, ask questions, and engage in rich sharing at tables.

A crucial point in the workshop was listening to the testimony of two survivors of abuse. The pain and life-changing effects of abuse were evident in their what they shared with us.  As policies and protocols for prevention and protection are formulated, what participants heard must impact how a culture of safeguarding should be created and lived as a Gospel culture.

The workshop was experienced as a synodal journey, with participants and presenters taking time to reflect together on each day’s input. Members of UISG and USG are committed to providing a culture of safeguarding and to model this Gospel culture in their respective congregations and ministries.



Sr. Innamma Yeruva

Thank you to UISG and USG for this commitment to Safeguarding. The seminar was a real learning experience of walking on the synodal path and a clarion call to live the Gospel culture of upholding the dignity of every person as a child of God.


Sipiwe Phiri

This must have been a helpful workshop. I am sorry that I was not able to attend because of other Institute duties and I am out of Rome at the moment. I hope to attend the next one if there will be one. Thank you to UISG and USG for this commitment to Safeguarding.


Fr. David Joseph

Thank you for the initiative.


sr. ann howard

Thank you for gathering in a synodal way, and please send information gleaned from your sharing. Peace.


Sr. Metti Amirtham SCC

Well done UISG and USG for awakening in religious the need to promote the culture of safeguarding and ta take personal responsibility towards it. Hats off to your noble endeavours.


Sr. Mary Jessica Suico

May i request for more valuable notes on how safeguarding shall be done in the congregation level and in the different ministries.

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