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    A consortium has been formed between the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (Prof. Dr. Pater Hans Zollner SJ), the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (Monsignore Klaus Peter Franzl) and the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University Clinic of Ulm (Medical Director: Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Fegert). This union serves to establish a Centre for Child Protection within the next three years (January 1st, 2012 through December 31st, 2014) by the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and in cooperation with the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Clinic of Ulm based in Munich.

    The goal is to develop and implement an E-Learning programme totalling 30 hours in four languages (English, German, Italian and Spanish). This programme will draw on a related public-sponsored programme for educational and health care professionals in Germany (Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)), but will incorporate an emphasis on the cultural, linguistic and theological diversity of the Catholic Church. The project is directed by a Steering Committee while the content development is supported by a Scientific Advisory Board.

    An interdisciplinary team of international experts is involved in developing web-based, certified education and training modules on sexual abuse for pastoral professions. This resource can be used at any time, in any place in the world, adjusted to meet regional needs. The overall aim is the implementation of a prevention and intervention programme in the interest of child protection.

    The main goal of the Centre for Child Protection lies in developing scientifically evaluated education and training tools with a worldwide availability. Unfortunately, we are unable to advise helpers on current cases of child sexual abuse.