“The Safeguarding Journey: finding our destination”

On 28 April 2022, more than 80 participants mostly from our European and Near East network joined together online to embark on the safeguarding journey. Led by Ms Tina Campbel, , Assistant Coordinator for Promotion of Consistent Culture of Protection (PCCP) at Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat Curia Generalizia SJ, we reflect on what we need in this journey and what its destination really is.

“The Safeguarding Journey: finding our destination” Web seminar was organized by the The Jesuit European Committee for Primary and Secondary Education (JECSE) and Zentrum für Ignatianische Pädagogik (ZIP), as a part of the wider program of support on the protection of minors we offer to our schools.

At the beginning of the meeting Fr. Stefano Corticelli SJ form Alabnia, lead us in a beautiful prayer from his school chapel. Ms Campbell then share with us her exceptional reflections, helping us to see at which stage of the safeguarding process each of us is, what we need next on this journey, which adhesive steps we would do well to consider. In this way she encouraged us to deepen our individual reflection, the fruits of which we shared in the small group session. The meeting ended with a plenary session of sharing and questions to our lecturer. 

“Preventing boundary violating behavior: 
from human dignity, shame and embarrassment”

On 30th May 2022 the Jesuit European Committee for Primary and Secondary Education (JECSE) and Zentrum für Ignatianische Pädagogik (ZIP) organized the first online Safeguarding workshop “Preventing boundary violating behavior: from human dignity, shame and embarrassment”. Leaded in Germany language training was a great chance for teachers from our European network to discuss another important aspect of taking care for our students. During the workshop, participants reflected on the importance of shame in human life. On the one hand, this important emotion protects the dignity of the human person. However, the boundary to toxic shame is very narrow. Exposure that violates boundaries, known as shaming, can cause micro-injuries that can haunt a person for life. In the course of the joint discussion and the tasks performed, they answered the questions: How can shame be recognised and reduced in everyday pedagogical work? Where do we talk about positive and toxic shame? And how can we live a pedagogy in which we consciously prevent boundary violating behavior? 

We are grateful to Cathrin Rieger from the ZIP Center for introducing us to this important topic and showing us how many communication aspects we have to pay special attention to in our educational work with children and young people.