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Magnets with a message for Safeguarding Sunday


Parishes around the State will mark National Child Protection Week and Safeguarding Sunday by distributing fridge magnets to children to encourage them to have a say.

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National Child Protection Week will take place from September 4 to 10, with an overarching theme of ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’, focusing on children growing up safe and supported.

As part of the week, Safeguarding Sunday will be celebrated in the Archdiocese on Sunday
September 11.

As a gift to children and young people the Child Protection Unit (CPU) has designed and created a small magnet (pictured below) for each child attending Mass on this day.

On the magnet is a quote from Pope Francis: ‘Dear young people, make your voices heard! If they do not listen to you, shout even louder, make noise; you have every right to have your say on what concerns your future.’

Coinciding with Safeguarding Sunday the CPU will launch the ‘Your Voice, Your Say’ project where all children (under 18 years) will be given the opportunity to provide feedback on important matters which affect them.

Younger children will receive an activity booklet while older children will be invited to engage in an online survey seeking their thoughts and ideas.

CPU manager Sally Wellington said the initiative continued the Archdiocese’s commitment to ensuring children and young people were safe, informed and encouraged to participate in the life of the Church.



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