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Latest stories: Child safeguarding

Bishop Willybard Lagho addresses the faithful during Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Outstation of St. Anthony’s Cathedral Parish in Malindi/ Credit: Diocese of Malindi/Facebook /

Kenyan Bishop Calls for Child Safeguarding amid Initiatives by Diocese against Abuse

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called for child safeguarding amid initiatives undertaken by the Kenyan Diocese to ensure the safety of children.

Theresa Sanyatwe,the child safeguarding officer of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: IMBISA /

African Cultures Hailed as Enablers of Child Safeguarding, Also Criticized as Barriers

The different cultures in Africa and how they have enabled and barred the safeguarding of children on the continent was the focus of the keynote speaker at last week’s conference of the Inter- Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

Flag of South Sudan. Credit: Public Domain /

Catholic Schools in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese Set to Introduce Child Safeguarding Policy

Catholic schools in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese are set to introduce the Child Safeguarding Policy this year, a move aimed at boosting the efforts of agencies concerned with protecting the rights of children in the Diocese. 

Ladies who were once on the street. Credit: Safe-Child Advocacy. /

Make Child Safeguarding in Ghana a Priority, Church-based Entity Tells Government

A nation-wide coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ghana spearheaded by a church-based humanitarian institution has called on the Government of the West African nation to make the safeguarding of child rights a priority in 2021 and beyond ahead of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the convention of the rights of the child to be marked Friday, November 20.

AMECEA Secretary General, Fr. Anthony Makunde (seated middle) with Child Protection Officers drawn from various member conferences of Bishops within AMECEA region. They met in Nakuru, Kenya from March 3, 2020. / Sr. Jecinter Okoth/ AMECEA

AMECEA Child Protection Officers Committed to Stopping “children from shedding tears”

A year after the inaugural global summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church that saw the Holy Father instruct Bishops’ conferences across the globe to review and strengthen child protection guidelines, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has been having a three-day meeting aimed at assessing the progress and impact of the policies in the various member countries.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) with the Apostolic Nuncio in DRC, Archbishop Ettore Balestrero. /

Justice for Victims Emphasized at DR Congo Bishops’ Training on Child Safeguarding

At a three-day training on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the Church, the Archbishop at the helm of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) has called for justice that guarantees that the Church remains a “safe house of healing and renewal.”

Notes by IMBISA Bishops during a session on care of creation, our common home guided by Pope Francis' Laudato Si during their 12th Plenary Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique on November 15, 2019 / Bishop José Luís Gerardo Ponce de León of Manzini, Swaziland

Vision for a Safe Church, Environment Preoccupy Southern Africa Bishops in 12th Plenary

Facilitators in the ongoing Plenary Assembly of the Bishops within the Southern Africa region of the continent have, over the last two days, guided the Church leaders drawn from six Bishops’ conferences across nine countries to deliberate on the need to ensure the safety of children within Church institutions and concrete steps towards care for God’s creation.

IMBISA Bishops at the Closing Mass of the 11th Plenary Assembly,  Maseru, Lesotho, 22-26 November 2016 /

Child Safeguarding “by all” to be Discussed at Plenary of Southern Africa Bishops, IMBISA

The need to have all members of society, and not just clergy and religious, become aware of and abide by the requirement that children are protected and safeguarded will be deliberated during planned 12th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), one of the organizers of the five-day meeting set to start on November 13 has told ACI Africa.

PMC and PMS diocesan Directors during Training in Nairobi, Kenya: October 30, 2019 / ACI Africa

Children Animators in Kenya Discuss Need to Enhance Child Safeguarding

At a recent meeting in Kenya’s capital Nairobi that brought together diocesan Coordinators of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) and Pontifical Missionary Children (PMC), the need to enhance the protection and safeguarding of children in the Church featured prominently, with the clergy and religious in attendance admitting cases of child abuse in their country and a Bishop calling on adherence to child safeguarding policies.