Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People launched

Miguela Xuereb

In view of the reality of the abuse of minors, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta have created a new 1-year course leading to a Certificate in Safeguarding of Children and Young People.

The part-time course seeks to introduce participants to the standards and main areas of concern regarding the safeguarding of the young. It will equip candidates with the basic knowledge and skills to promote the welfare of children and young people, recognise and respond effectively the signs and indicators of abuse, and understand the depth of traumas caused by abuse. The course will also present participants with the key principles of self-care and the fundamental ethical and legal obligations for those working with children and young people.

The course will also qualify for the bursaries scheme launched by the Archdiocese of Malta’s Foundation for Theological Studies, which seeks to encourage undergraduate and postgraduate studies in theology and pastoral ministry.

The foundation will be offering 10 bursaries for the 2020-21 academic year.

Those who apply for the new course can receive a €300 bursary, while an €800 bursary will be made available for those who study for a Diploma in Religious Studies. A €2,000 bursary is available for those who apply for a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theology or a Master of Arts in four subjects: Religious Studies, Theology, Spirituality and Spiritual Companionship.

Applications for bursaries will be open until 1 October, with more details available on www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/402914/Bursaries.pdf.