Aid to the Church in Need United Kingdom (ACN (UK)) is committed to protecting all children and vulnerable adults and this document states ACN (UK)’s policy on preventing and reducing harm to children and vulnerable adults when they are in contact with employees, trustees, workers and volunteers (“staff”) of ACN (UK).

This Safeguarding Policy applies to employees, trustees, workers and volunteers.

This Policy should be read in conjunction with ACN International’s Safeguarding Policy which is available on the ACN International website:

You can find the Policy here.

ACN supports the Church in its abuse prevention efforts. For example, ACN sponsors courses around the world on the topic of safeguarding, in which priests and religious are trained to recognise and prevent sexual abuse and other forms of abuse. ACN International works closely with the leading Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, among others, to offer safeguarding courses.

The aim of these courses is to learn effective measures, both in the prevention of abuse cases and in the treatment of suspected cases, e.g. in order to avoid a cover-up of abuse. Our project partners only receive aid from ACN after submitting a written commitment to safeguarding. This aid is withdrawn if possible or actual cases of abuse are not adequately pursued.

If you have any questions, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer by emailing [email protected].