September 4th to 10th is National Child Protection Week, coordinated by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect), which is all about encouraging Australians to learn how they can help build stronger, safer communities, and prevent child abuse or neglect from occurring. Sunday 11th September is Child Protection Sunday.
This year’s theme is “Stronger Communities, Safer Children,” which “emphasises the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well” (NAPCAN).
Here’s a few ways that you can educate yourself this Child Protection Week:
Learn more about the programs run be NAPCAN, aiming to improve the wellbeing and safety of children and young people around Australia, here.
Have a read of NAPCAN’s “Top Tips” on how you can Play Your Part this Child Protection Week and beyond.
Check out NAPCAN’s other helpful resources, with advice for people from all walks of life, working in different professions.
Have a look at the free resources provided by the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, here. This includes suggestions specific to parishes, as well as Prayers of the Faithful and speaking notes – which could be used for Child Protection Sunday.