"Child Protection Sunday is about safeguarding children and young people from abuse. This calls for the involvement of each person in the Church and in the broader Australian community" puts National Committee for Professional Standards (NCPS) - a committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops and the leaders of Religious Institutes in Australia, declaring September 11th, Sunday as the Child Protection Sunday. It further encourages that "as a Church, we must continue to put in place policies and procedures to promote the safety of children and young people, respond with openness and compassion to victims of abuse and to educate people so they can identify the signs and effects of abuse."
The theme of Child Protection Sunday for NCPS is "Safeguarding Children and Young People". National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) also calls this Sunday, Child Protection Sunday with an emphasis to “Play Your Part” (more info at: www.playyourpart.org.au). These two themes give us a real sense of the important role, each and every one of us has to play in protecting children and young people.
Church is to be the light of the world. So, it is fare that its dark places be exposed and illuminated first. We do have a responsibility to keep vigil to keep it clean all the time and be made an example to the world, so that it becomes a world leader in child and youth friendly policies. We do also share a responsibility to take child friendly policies to our families, work places and other areas of human interaction.