The Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday (formerly Child Protection Sunday) on the second Sunday of September — at the conclusion of National Child Protection Week. Safeguarding Sunday seeks to acknowledge the immense damage caused by the sexual abuse of children and adults at risk, 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. It invites people to pray for those harmed by abuse directly and indirectly.Resources, including for liturgical celebrations, are created to support local recognition. Please find below resources for Safeguarding Sunday 2021.
You can access other information on the Church’s response to child sexual abuse on this page of the Bishops Conference website. It includes information about reporting allegations, the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and the various national organisations with responsibility for safeguarding and child protection.