To protect children and vulnerable people from abuse
The Teresian Association is called by vocation to defend the dignity and rights of all people, especially the most vulnerable, and to promote a culture of safeguarding.
We ensure that our individual and institutional procedures and practices are oriented to this end.
We accept Pope Francis’ invitation to respond with justice and mercy and to commit ourselves actively at all levels to listen to victims and to take preventive measures against abuse.
Like all international lay associations, we have drawn up regulations and protocols for the protection of minors and vulnerable people.
In line with our charism and in this context, we are committed to facilitating instruction to promote understanding of the problem and knowledge of how to respond accordingly.
The TA International Advisory Panel was established in July 2019 to monitor our safeguarding policy.
The members of the Panel are Karlijn Demasure, Theologian (Belgium); Carme Tello i Casany, Clinical Psychologist (Spain); Juan Cózar, Paediatrician (Spain); Laura Vaccaro, Juvenile Prosecutor (Italy); Charisse Marie Raagas, Counsellor (Philippines); Cecilia Petit, Clinical Psychologist (Argentina); Febe Aguirre, Spiritual Director (Canada); and Carmen Serrano, Educational Psychologist (Spain).
Responsibilities of the Advisory Panel
- To advise and give technical support in response to consultations received from the TA worldwide.
- To guarantee protection in areas where there are minors and to ensure the application of the safeguarding policy.
- To submit an annual report to the TA General Council.
- The role of coordinator and liaison between the TA President, General Council and the Advisory Panel is held by Carmen Serrano.
Training and resources
The Association is committed to providing training programmes that will raise awareness and take measures in response to abuse and, most importantly, prevent it from happening.
In our activities, schools, NGOs, projects, etc., steps in this direction are well underway.
A policy of prevention and action
In December 2019, the Teresian Association published a document entitled “The Teresian Association Policy on the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults”. It is intended for all members and colleagues who participate, directly or indirectly, in the schools, programmes, projects and activities of the Association.
Access the document hereTHE TA SAFEGUARDING POLICY
Here we share other support materials produced to address this issue in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.