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 of minors and wards.

ACN works closely with the leading Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, among others, to offer safeguarding courses. A main focus of these courses is the detection of abuse, so that it can be identified as early as possible. As a precondition for competent care, the devastating consequences of abuse on victims are taught. The aim 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 This aid is withdrawn if possible or actual cases of abuse are not adequately pursued.

»We are working worldwide to improve the protection of minors and other wards.«

Regina Lynch, Project Director

Safeguarding requirements also apply to ACN’s own employees, who are required to comply with ACN’s safeguarding guidelines and also receive regular training on them.

ACN supports religious sisters who care for orphans in Kapshagay, Kazakhstan.

ACN supports religious sisters who care for orphans in Kapshagay, Kazakhstan.

Please find here the safeguarding guidelines of the Aid to the Church in need headquarters. In case of any complaints or suggestions, please contact our safeguarding contact persons with absolute confidentiality:

Ms. Barbara Rettig


Phone: +49 6174 291-211

Mr. Reinhard Backes


Phone: +49 6174 291-213