Child Protection Week 5th Sept to 12th Sept 2021
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
From 5th Sept 2021 to 12th Sept 2021 the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney celebrated National Child Protection Week for the fifth year in a row. The celebration of this week, leading up to Safeguarding Sunday, has provided us with an opportunity to reflect on how we can improve the ways we care for, protect and listen to the Children and Young People in our communities.
To help us reflect, the Safeguarding Office has developed two new resources; the Children’s Activity Book and A Guide for Young People to Better Understand their Wellbeing.
Additionally, the Safeguarding Offices of the Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Parramatta and the Diocese of Broken Bay, have collaborated on the development of a resource. Entitled Children and Young People’s Participation in Catholic Communities, this guide promotes community awareness to support, engage, listen to and communicate with Children and Young People.
These resources can be accessed on the Safeguarding website: https://www.sydneycatholic.org/safeguarding-and-child-protection/
You are encouraged to take the time to reflect on how we can all participate in the shared responsibility of caring for and protecting our Children and Young People.
- When a parish in the Archdiocese of Sydney is called upon to safeguard its community, we are being asked to pro-actively support a culture of care that champions honesty and engagement. The result of this is a community environment where children and young people are valued, heard and protected from harm.
- From the Government through to our parishioners sitting in the pew at Mass. We all have a responsibility to contribute to a culture of safety and care through actions of promoting safe, healthy environments and healthy behaviours, providing positive support to children, protection, love, understanding, patience, following applicable laws in screening and reporting, following diocesan policy and processes, prayer, speaking up when required and listening intently
- A fundamental principle of safeguarding is understanding that everything done to create a safe space begins and ends with the knowledge that God’s love is for all people. (John 3:16) The primary advocate and leader of safeguarding, of course, is Jesus himself. He went out of His way to take action and to alleviate suffering for the vulnerable.