This week the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney celebrated National Child Protection Week for the fifth year in a row, and today, the week culminates with the celebration of Safeguarding Sunday. The celebration of this past 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/
I encourage you all 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.