12 Sep SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY
The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Safeguarding Sunday on September 12 this year. This had previously been known as Child Protection Sunday, but the Bishops Conference (ACBC) approved the change of name late last year to better reflect the Church’s policies and protocols to protect and support children and adults at risk.
The day seeks to acknowledge the immense damage caused by the sexual abuse of children, including by priests, religious and laypeople within Catholic contexts. It commits to practices and protocols that create and maintain safe environments for all people, especially children and other people who are at risk. It invites people to pray for those harmed by abuse directly and indirectly. A series of resources have been developed and can be found in this Google Drive folder or the Bishops Conference website: https://www.catholic.org.au/safeguardingsunday.
The resources include Sample bulletin notices, sample prayers of intercession, a printable version of the Safeguarding Sunday prayer, a multi-slide PowerPoint version of the Safeguarding Sunday prayer, social media images for various platforms and a website banner image. As a reminder, the Church’s celebration falls just after the conclusion of National Child Protection Week, which this year is from September 5 to September 11.
Further info; Gavin Abraham, 0408 825 788.