Professor Ernesto CAFFO
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Full professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). President and founder of S.O.S Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus and president of Foundation Child. Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).
Professor Caffo is founder and president of S.O.S Il Telefono Azzurro, a non-profit Italian organization that promotes children’s rights and fights any kind of abuse and violence against children and adolescents.
Professor Caffo is president of the scientific board of the postgraduate school in child neuropsychiatry and director of the masters research programs on “Evaluation and Intervention in Situations of Child Abuse and Pedophilia”.
He is president of Foundation Child, which promotes study and research into childhood and adolescence, and he directs international training research seminars in the field of child and adolescent mental health.
Past-president of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP), Professor Caffo has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2008.
In 2018, Pope Francis nominated him as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
On Tuesday, May 25, on the occasion of the International Missing Children’s Day, Telefono Azzurro and the Special Commissioner of the Government for Missing Persons will organize a meeting on the theme of missing children in Italy, Europe and the world.
The Vatican Secretary of State sent a message during the meeting promoted by our Safeguarding Partner Telefono Azzurro that focused on the theme “Dignity of children and adolescents at the time of Covid”. The Cardinal stressed the need for “a more incisive approach in the education of our younger generations.”
“Governments, the non-profit sector, institutions, academia and civil society should join efforts and commit to protecting the dignity of children and adolescents worldwide.”
XV Plenary Assembly addresses the realities, challenges, and directions for the Commission, Safeguarding, and the Church
The XV ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors took place in Rome and online from April 19-22, 2021.
Under the slogan "Together for a better Internet", the eighteenth edition of Safer Internet Day will be held on 8 and 9 February. This event brings together experts, parents, teachers and children from all over the world with a common mission: To make the web a safer...
The ongoing work of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (TutelaMinorum) continues to bring together experts from around the world, providing renewed attention to strengthening the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis faced in every part of...