Posted by Br David Hawke
on 22 September 2020
Recently Australia marked National Child Protection Week, the 30th anniversary of this annual focus on the protection of children.
This year's theme Putting Children First caused me to reflect upon our role as Lasallians, as a District, as Lasallian Ministries and of course as individuals in protecting and nurturing children, young people and adults at risk.
It's a simple message which is underpinned by a simple truth. By putting children first, we are recognising that they are front and centre of everything that we do and that their care, protection, and well-being is paramount. From our foundation the many writings of St John Baptist de La Salle attest to this.
Whilst National Child Protection Week comes about once a year, its message and our obligation is to ensure that safeguarding across the four countries of our District is part of our work each and every day.
Throughout all Lasallian Ministries across our District no matter where we are wherever we have any engagement with children, young people and adults at risk, we must put them, their protection and well-being first.
The District has recently provided a specific Safeguarding section on our website and placed a range of policies on it which set out the baseline responsibilities each of us hold with regard to safeguarding.
The protection of children and the care and well-being of all in our District are at the heart of these polices. I encourage each and every Lasallian to read them, to understand them and to live them each and every day.
That way we can together meet the challenge of our Founder.
"Your zeal must go so far in this that to achieve it, you are ready to give your very life, so dear to you are the children entrusted to you." (MR 198.2; Sixth Meditation for the Time of Retreat).
With every best wish,
David Hawke FSC