Heads of Agencies gather for Child Protection Week
On Monday 2 September, the staff of Marymead, CatholicCare, Catholic Education and the IPSS all attended the launch of Child Protection Week at ACU. Also in attendance was the Governor-General, David Hurley and National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect(NAPCAN) Board Directors, Teresa Scott & Sue Packer (2019 Senior Australian of the Year). Child Protection Week, coordinated by NAPCAN, started on Father’s Day (1 September) and runs until 7 September 2019. The aim of the week is to engage members of the community in supporting families and protecting children. The 2019 theme focusses on the fact that kids thrive when parents are supported. Marymead and CatholicCare are two Archdiocesan agencies that provide crucial services to support families. The following links provide further details on the programs offered by both these agencies.
Child Protection Sunday 2019 Prayer
A Prayer for Stronger Communities, Safer Children Gracious God, you said: “Let the children come to me”. The hurt felt by those wounded by abuse weighs heavily upon us. Trust has been eroded when institutions failed to appropriately respond to their needs. Lord, we as your Church stand in need of your healing and help.
We ask you, God, to strengthen and guide all in our Catholic communities. Grant us wisdom in our time to make decisions that protect children and the vulnerable. May our families and communities, through love, generosity, commitment, and patience, build stronger communities safe for children. Let your grace and love fall gently upon our children giving them the inner strength, peace, and resilience they will need for their life’s journey. We ask you, God, to help our Catholic communities to be resolute in building a community where our children flourish and are safe. Amen