Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Safeguarding in Institutions

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The study-unit discusses the practice of safeguarding at an institutional level. Sexual abuse and institutions impact each other in a mutual manner. Effective and safe institutions are fundamental to the safeguarding of millions of children and young people around the world. On the other hand, the tragedy of sexual abuse has the ability to destroy the credibility, trust and relevance of corrupt or negligent institutions. The study-unit explores past, present and possible safeguarding standards, policies, mechanisms and structures in different institutions.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to discuss the safeguarding standards, structures and values in different institutions, both at an international and local level. Laws, policies and practices about integrity, good governance, and quality assurance, the creation of safe spaces, specialised training of personnel, reporting mechanisms, their effective handling and public trust in such mechanisms, and provision of care and support to victims and survivors of abuse, among others, will be presented and analysed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) name the essential elements of a safeguarding policy;
(b) list fundamental values and guiding principles for safeguarding;
(c) identify standards of integrity and good governance;
(d) explain the necessary criteria for a safe environment.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) discuss the efficiency of particular safeguarding structures;
(b) identify potential limitations and difficulties of reporting mechanisms;
(c) evaluate the public trust in reporting mechanisms;
(d) analyse the provision of care and support to victims.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Davies, E.A. & Jones, A.C. (2013). Risk Factors in Child Sexual Abuse. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 20.3: 146-150.
- Gilbert, N., Parton, N. & Skivenes, M. (2011). (Eds.) Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations (New York: Oxford University Press).
- Hughes, L. & Owen, H. (2009). (Eds.). Good Practice in Safeguarding Children: Working Effectively in Child Protection (London and Philadelpia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers).
- Lemaigre, C., Taylor, E. & Gittoes, C. (2017). Barriers and Facilitators to Disclosing Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Adolescence: A Systematic Review, Child Abuse & Neglect, 70: 39-52.

Supplementary Readings

- Böhm, B., Zollner, H., Fegert, J.G., & Liebhard, H. (2014), Child Sexual Abuse in the Context of the Roman Catholic Church: A Review of Literature from 1981-2013. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23.6: 635-656.
- Cozzens, D. (2002), Sacred Silence. Denial and the Crisis in the Church (Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press).
- Euart, S. (2010). Canon Law and Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis: An Overview of the U.S. Experience (USCCB/CLSA Seminar – available online).
- Fortin, J., (2009) Law in Context: Children’s Rights and the Developing Law (Cambridge University Press).
- Friggs, B. (2012). Child Protection. The essential guide. For Teachers and Other Professionals Whose Work Involves Children. (Australia: Woodslane Pty Ltd).
- Lalor, K., & McElvaney, R. (2010). Child sexual abuse, links to later sexual exploitation/ high risk sexual behavior and prevention/treatment programmes. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 11, 159-177.
- Pearce, J. (2014). 'What's Going On’ to Safeguard Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation: A Review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards’ Work to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation. Child Abuse Review, 23.3, 159-170.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane
Maria Victoria Gauci
Marceline Naudi
Kevin Schembri

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