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Throughout the week of 3-9 September, National Child Protection Week has invited all Australians to play their part in promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The week, now in its 27th year, supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families.
This year the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect has focused on the theme ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children.’ As the Association proposes, “this theme emphasizes the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. Communities in which children are seen and heard, where their participation is valued and where their families can get the support they need are stronger communities which contribute to keeping children safe and well. (Cf. NAPCAN: Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect website: http://napcan.org.au/ncpw/)
However, the National Committee for Professional Standards – a committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia, has mapped out this Sunday as ‘Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adult Sunday.’ And subsequently, they have put before us the theme, “See Me, Hear Me” for this Sunday when we commemorate the importance of the safety of children in our community of faith. The question we are challenged and confronted with this weekend is; with what commitment do we take notice of our children’s safety? With what responsibility do we seek to ensure that our communities are places of safety for them?
Children are the delight both of our families and our communities. In every child, God waits for us to stir again within us the sense of new beginnings, of fresh possibilities, of awakening hopes. In the wonder of children our concern gives way; in their excitement, our pressure is relieved; in their play, our compulsiveness is disarmed. Every child is the sign of life’s hope of ever new beginnings. They are the future in anticipation. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe.
(Extract from Homily Notes Child Protection Sunday by Fr David Ranson)