Safeguarding Sunday

Safeguarding Sunday (formerly Child Protection Sunday) in the Catholic Church will be held this year on Sunday 12 September

This day seeks to acknowledge the immense damage caused by the sexual abuse of children, 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, especially children and other people who are at risk. It invites people to pray for those harmed by abuse directly and indirectly.




The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Safeguarding Sunday on September 12 this year, just after the conclusion of National Child Protection Week. While this event was previously known as Child Protection Sunday, the new name of Safeguarding Sunday reflects the Church’s focus on the protection and support of all people, especially children and adults at risk.

A series of resources have been developed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to commemorate this important day.  These resources can be found on the Bishops Conference website 

The resources include:

  • Sample bulletin notices

  • Sample prayers of intercession

  • A printable version of the Safeguarding Sunday prayer

  • A multi-slide PowerPoint version of the Safeguarding Sunday prayer

  • Social media images for various platforms

Safeguarding Children & Young People Survey for Parents and Carers                                                                   


The Professional Standards Unit in CAM has prepared a survey for parents and carers to provide feedback on their safeguarding experience within the parish. Survey data will be used to improve safeguarding polices, practices, and procedures and will help shape any reviews and future support.
We appreciate if you can distribute the survey to parents in your parish. We will also encourage you to distribute them through Chaplains to diverse (migrant) communities.
Please complete the survey by Friday, 17 September 2021. For more information on Safeguarding, please click here.


Safeguarding Children & Young People Survey for Parents and Carers (



We, at St Carthage’s, are committed to the    safety and well-being of all vulnerable people.