Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Pope Francis says that it is the duty of all “to generously welcome children and vulnerable persons, and to create a safe environment for them, giving priority to their interests.”

We, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God are fully committed to:

  • Actively promoting the empowerment and well-being of adults throughout the Congregation and its works
  • Recognizing that everyone has the right to live their life free from violence fear and abuse
  • Recognizing that each person has the right to be protected from harm and


Inspired by Gospel values, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God strive to live with integrity, respecting the dignity and the rights of each person, particularly those of children and vulnerable adults. We honour the well-established right of all children and vulnerable adults to be respected, nurtured and protected.

We are committed to ensuring that each member of our Congregation and organization is aware of and complies with this obligation. We do this by requiring that:

  • Each country where our Sisters minister have and implement a robust Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults to be reviewed/updated every two years. A copy of these policies is held in the Generalate.
  • These policies draw on the standards and guidance documents of the Catholic Church as well as on other relevant documents/legislation in the parts of the world where we work.
  • A Safeguarding Lead’ (and a Deputy) are appointed in each country who receive adequate specialist training to fulfil this role. The contact details of the ‘Designated Person’ are prominently displayed in each PSMG organization and community.
  • Child Protection and Protection of Vulnerable Adults procedures are reviewed during Formal Visitation
  • In the event that there is abuse and mistreatment of children, young people and adults at risk, we have clear procedures in place for dealing with complaints against a Sister, an employee or a volunteer.  The Congregation will ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly reported, that the statutory authorities which may become involved are given the fullest support and that the person against whom an allegation is made receives appropriate support.

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