Posted by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA)
on 12 September 2021
The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Safeguarding Sunday which had previously been known as Child Protection Sunday. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference changed the 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 lay people within Catholic contexts. It makes a commitment 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 and on this page on 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
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, 2021.
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