01 Sep 2019

Hearing voices of children and young people

The Southern Cross  |  September 2019

Hearing voices of children and young people

Children will be encouraged to have a say and write down their thoughts during National Child Protection Week in September.

To celebrate Child Protection Sunday on September 8, parishes throughout the Archdiocese will distribute about 3000 colourful pens to young parishioners. The pens include a pull out banner that outlines Children’s Rights.

Sally Wellington, manager of the Archdiocese’s Child Protection Unit (CPU), said the pen represents one of the tools children and young people can use to communicate with adults in the Church who are there to listen and respond.

“We are hoping these pens will start a conversation between children and their parents or caregivers about their rights and how they are supported in the Church environment,” she said.

“This is a metaphoric way to deliver the message that we want children to have a say, that we are committed to provide them pathways to share their ideas, opinions and concerns.”

Earlier this year the CPU started its children’s consultation process and distributed activity booklets and feedback boxes to parishes.

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