Safeguarding Others

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The student will be able to:

  1. familiarise himself/herself with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

Employees and volunteers who are currently working, or who desire to get training on working with; children and vulnerable adults or handle their data.

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session
  2. 2 hours – Online Zoom session

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.

Two courses will be delivered, one in December 2021 and one in January 2022. You may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3 hours in-person session and (b) 2 hours Zoom session online. Please choose your course from the dates below.

January 2022
In-personSaturday 22nd January09:00 – 12:00Archbishop`s Seminary, Rabat
Online sessionSaturday 29th January09:00 – 11:00ZOOM
In-personMonday 24th January09:00 – 12:00Dar Nazareth, Tarxien
Online sessionMonday 31st January09:00 – 11:00ZOOM

Assessment: The participants have two options:

  • Sit for a short multiple-choice online exam and receive a Certificate of Attendance*


  • Sit for a short multiple-choice online exam, and hand in a written reflective journal of at least 500 words. This will lead to a Certificate of Achievment*

Certification: Certificate of Attendance* or Certificate of Achievement*

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Attendance, a student must; attend all the contact hours and pass successfully the assessment/s.

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.


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