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The Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons

Under the authority of the Secretary General, the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons’ mission is to help eliminate the threat and trauma of sexual abuse in society and in the Church by:


• Promoting prevention through formation
• Offering healing assistance to victims/survivors, their families, and their communities
• Striving for justice.


The Centre is the first of its kind established in a Catholic university in North America.

Approach
The Centre is interdisciplinary, reflecting the excellent research and close collaboration of Saint Paul University’s four faculties: Human Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law.

In addition to serving the National Capital Region, the Centre has global reach through distance learning opportunities, and offers a vast variety of services, both in French and English.

Call to Action
We believe that the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable persons is an urgent need today. We encourage all those who share our passion to support the Centre to ensure a sustainable, successful initiative and positive impact for minors and vulnerable persons.

Services
The Centre is enthusiastic to respond to the needs of the faithful in various settings by offering customized educational and practical services. Services include:

Micro Program
In close collaboration with the Faculty of Canon Law, the Centre offers an undergraduate micro program (15 credits). Learn more here.

Workshops
The Centre offers a minimum of four workshops a year. These day-long workshops are intended for the a broad audience. Learn more here.

Seminars
The Centre offers a minimum of two seminars each year. These week-long seminars are intended for the professional development. Learn more here.

Auditing and Consultation Services
The Centre offers risk management assessment audits to enhance the safeguarding of both those who serve in, and are served by, religious institutions. It also offers canonical advisory services on all aspects of safeguarding protocols and practices.

Research
The Centre facilitates interdisciplinary research on the systemic issues underlying the problem of sexual abuse in society and the Church. It focuses on themes such as secondary victims of abuse, vulnerable persons at risk in certain contexts (migrants and refugees, women religious, novices and seminarians), human trafficking, and incest.

International Outreach
It intends to build and to expand worldwide partnerships to promote safeguarding. Its international focus hopes to assist developing countries where civil law and best practices may not be concurrent with contemporary values related to the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable persons.

About the Director

The University has appointed Dr. Karlijn Demasure as the director of the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons. Her expertise in the field is internationally recognized. She is a member of many panels and consultative committees on sexual abuse, including a safeguarding board of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

 

 

Questions?
For any additional information, please contact Karlijn Demasure, Director of the Centre for Safeguarding Minors and Vulnerable Persons at 613-236-1393, extension 2612 or by email at CPCS@ustpaul.ca.