Safeguarding Background

Education and Awareness


The theme for this year’s Safeguarding Awareness Month is “Promoting the Rights of the Child”. It has been 30 years since Australia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is also 30 years since Australia started celebrating Child Protection Week. The purpose of Safeguarding Month 2020 is to raise awareness about the Rights of the Child. An initiative the Diocese has undertaken in 2020 to celebrate this milestone is the production of the Diocesan Rights of the Child Framework. The Framework will be launched on, Monday 14 September 2020, the day after Catholic Church Child Protection Sunday. The Framework and the matching resources including a video and child friendly poster will be published.

Safeguarding Month:

Throughout the month of September the agencies of the Diocese of Broken Bay, CatholicCare, Catholic Schools Office, Chancery Offices and Parishes, promote scheduled events that highlight the importance of Safeguarding. If you require further information about this year’s program for Safeguarding Month please contact the relevant Safeguarding Office.

2020 Liturgy of Lament – Listening to the past; caring for the future, 31 September 2020 at Our Lady of the Rosary cathedral Waitara, 7pm.
The liturgy this year will also be lived streamed. A link will be available shortly on the Diocesan webpage.
Click here for flyer.
Click here for Liturgy of Lament Booklet (coming soon). 

A public acknowledgment of the pain and suffering of those who have been wounded by abuse in the Catholic Church, and an expression of commitment to ensure the ongoing protection and safety of children and vulnerable adults, is the foundation of an annual Diocesan Liturgy held during Safeguarding Month. This significant event brings together Clergy, parishioners and the wider community.

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The Chancery and Parish Education and Awareness Program has been developed to ensure Clergy, Chancery and Parish workers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable adults safe through continual education and training (Royal Commission, Standard 7, Vol 6 p 428, 2017).


The Office for Safeguarding (Chancery) assists to develop a culture and practice of safeguarding amongst the clergy and parishes to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults through its Safeguarding Education and Awareness program. The intense examination and research of how institutions responded in the past to the harm of children has highlighted the need for communities to be provided with opportunities for education and training in promoting safe practices to generate a safe environment for all those who belong to a community.

Our understanding of a community of safety and care is built upon the principles of a child safe organisation. These principles form the basis of programs of raising awareness and education. The Catholic Church has identified these principles of a child safe organisation as the 10 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. These Standards constitute a framework which articulates requirements for Catholic entities to promote the safety of children through the implementation of policies and activities to prevent and be attentive to concerns regarding the safety of the children.