Safeguarding Month – September 2022

September is Safeguarding Month in the Diocese of Broken Bay, when we celebrate the important role families play in keeping children safe when they have a strong sense of belonging and connection to family. 

This year the focus of the month is ‘Families’ and we hope to encourage everyone to reflect on how family connections promote safety and consider their shared responsibility in keeping children and young people safe.  

We invite all families to share your experiences of how you connect as a family in the form of a story, a video or a photo during Safeguarding Month of September. Download the information poster for links to ideas. The most creative entries entered will be showcased on the Diocesan Safeguarding Month webpage.

Students are also encouraged to enter our ‘My Family Drawing Competition’, where they have the chance to win zooper doopers for their whole class each week in September! Download the entry form for details on how to enter.

Make sure to check back each week as we promote more information this safeguarding month.

We encourage you follow the Catholic Schools Broken Bay and CatholicCare social media pages and visit the following webpages for more information: 

Week One

Liturgy of Lamont – Friday 2 September, 7pm

Join us as we prayerfully acknowledge the suffering caused to our most vulnerable and give public expression to our sorrow. The Liturgy will be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara and livestreamed at

Week 2

National Child Protection Week (NAPCAN) runs from 4-10 September and embraces the overarching message that ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’. Families are encouraged to download the below resources, which aims to start age appropriate conversations about how to build the safe communities, along with links to resources and support services.

Week 3

Foster Care Week runs from 11-17 September 2022. Can you help a child in need?

There are children in our community who, without help, will go through childhood without the love and support of a family. These children have the same needs as all children – love, care, safety and consistency. Somewhere to belong. 

CatholicCare are looking for everyday families who might consider taking a child or young person into their home – to love and support them whether for one or two nights, a few weeks, months, or as permanent carers.  

CatholicCare foster carers receive a financial allowance to assist with the day-to-day needs of the child/young person, comprehensive ongoing training, a dedicated case manager and 24/7 support. They are with you every step of the way.  

Visit where you will find a simple eligibility tool and details of their upcoming information sessions on Monday 31 October 7-8pm or Thursday 24 November 7-8pm. You can also call them on (02) 9481 2600.  

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