Safeguarding in Taizé

For many people, Taizé is a place of trust. The brothers of the community, the sisters of St Andrew and the Ursuline sisters, as well as the volunteers [1] and all who are associated in the running of the meetings [2], are committed to making Taizé a safer place for all who visit, especially the under 18s [3], young people [4] and vulnerable adults [5].

At the same time, everyone’s vigilance is important so that Taizé can remain a safe space for all.

In this section, you can find information related to:
- our approach - Taizé’s safeguarding policy
- practices
- procedures
as well as information concerning
- health matters
- security matters

We take any kind of sexual abuse or any form of violence very seriously. If you become aware of anything of this nature in Taizé during your stay, please follow the established procedures. Any incidents, whether recent or not, can also be communicated by writing to protection taize.fr. You can also contact a hotline number in your own country or the safeguarding team in your own church.

[1young adults aged 18 to 29 who stay in Taizé for four weeks or more and help with the practical running of the meetings in Taizé. Young female volunteers are personally accompanied by an Ursuline sister or a sister of St Andrew. Young male volunteers are personally accompanied by a brother of Taizé.

[2this includes employees and members of other religious communities or volunteers who have been asked to help in the meetings.

[3all minors up to the age of 18, bearing in mind that generally children under 15 should be accompanied by their parents or legal guardian if they are to be present in Taizé. Any minors aged over 15 and under 18 must have the written consent of their legal guardian (you can use this form [http://www.taize.fr/IMG/zip/parental_agreement.zip]) giving a named person present in Taizé as being responsible for them, also for medical questions.

[4for these purposes, this refers to young adults aged 18 to 29, who take part in the youth meetings in Taizé.

[5any person over 18 who is in a state of vulnerability, be that psychological, physical, moral or social. We recognise that people may move in or out of a state of vulnerability even during their stay in Taizé.

Since June 2019, the community has been undertaking a journey of ascertaining the truth in link with allegations of abuse committed by brothers. To read Brother Alois’ statement of 4 June 2019 and updated material, please click here.

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