Living Catholic e-News September 2018

Celebrating 'amazing' children

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‘Celebrate our children’ was the message for Child Protection Week activities run by Centacare Catholic Family Services last week.

Centacare assistant director Pauline Connelly told those gathered for the launch on September 3 that Child Protection Week should be a ‘joyful time’ to celebrate all children.“Being a grandmother has really helped me to re-engage with what it means to celebrate children,” she said, explaining that with the work involved in being a parent you sometimes forget, “what amazing little creatures they are and how much fun and joy and love we can have with them”.

“Child Protection Week is a really special way to remember that, to think about not just celebrating, but how can we grow, nurture and protect the beautiful children that are in our care.”

During the event a video and booklet produced by Centacare titled ‘Learn about your rights’ was launched. Aimed at children, it features Patch the bear, Pippy the rabbit and Piper the bird who tell children they have the right to feel safe and happy, to dream big, to be listened to and get help if they need it.
Archdiocesan Child Protection Unit manager Sally Wellington spoke of the resources that were provided to adults and children at Child Protection Masses held on Sunday September 9. They included prayer cards for adults and children’s rights cards, as well as each child receiving a packet of painted daisy seeds. 

As Ms Wellington explained, the daisy is a protective plant which keeps other plants safe from insects and the seeds were a symbolic reminder of the need for adults and communities to work together to keep children safe.

Special guests at the launch were a group of enthusiastic Year 1 students from St Aloysius College who were happy to join music therapist Lucy May in singing a number of fun-filled songs.

See September e-newsletter here