How effective are the guidelines?

How effective are the guidelines?

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The five North Rhine-Westphalian dioceses want to have their prevention measures against sexualized violence, which have been introduced for ten years, scientifically examined. To this end, they have arranged for an appropriate tender.

This announcement about the effectiveness research can be found on the website of the Catholic Office in the state capital of Dusseldorf, as the Diocese of Munster announced on Monday. Scientific research groups could apply.

According to the call for proposals, the study should tie in with the current state of research on the topic and do justice to the special nature of church prevention work. For their work, the scientists were given access to church daycare centers, schools, parishes, youth associations and child and youth welfare facilities, as well as facilities for the elderly, the disabled and health care facilities.

Little empirical data

"After ten years of prevention, a confrontation with the phenomenon of sexualized violence has taken place in the everyday practice of parishes and institutions. People have been informed and sensitized," explained the prevention officer in the diocese of Munster, Beate Meintrup.

However, there is little empirical data on the individual factors of prevention. "For us as church prevention officers, it is important to know whether we have promoted the right preventive measures and how prevention work should develop," Meintrup said.

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