Message from Bishop Greg Bennet and Ms Maria Kirkwood Director of Catholic Education


Child Safety Week in the Diocese of Sale will run from 4-11 September 2022, and will coincide with National Child Protection Week, and Safeguarding Sunday.

The theme for Child Safety Week 2022 is: Every child, in every community, needs a fair go and a chance to grow up safe and supported. What makes you feel safe and supported in your community, school or at home?

Safeguarding Sunday (11th September 2022) comes at the end of Child Protection Week.  Safeguarding Sunday invites us to ask whether the relationships within our Church express respect for people, and especially adults at risk or vulnerable people, who are precious in God’s sight. When we think of safeguarding it is right to think that in the past, abuse and official tolerance of it could happen only because there were no safeguards against it.

In recent years and in most of our Catholic parishes and schools we can say fairly confidently that children get a fair go. We need to keep working especially at it. But we need also to ensure that in all the daily relationships where there is a difference in power, people can feel safe. These relationships include those of priests with parishioners, managers with employees, and volunteers with those whom they help. In all of these relationships those with less power must be safeguarded.  That is what safeguarding Sunday is about. It gives Christ’s mission flesh and bone in day to day life.

The Bishop’s Office is pleased to promote child safety in our parishes and schools by holding a Child Safety Week Competition. It is a jointly celebrated event involving the Diocese of Sale and Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Ltd (DOSCEL).


Child Safety Week Competition Winners 

Best entry posters were awarded to:

  • Julia Lindsay, Sam Carmichael and Maya Garlick - Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha
  • Janine Robinson - Lumen Christi Primary School, Churchill
  • Mia Varsaci, Morwell Catholic Parish - Sacred Heart Church
  • Ava Carew - St Laurence O’Toole Primary School, Leongatha
  • Natalie Kokab and Summer Magee - Mary MacKillop Primary School, Narre Warren North

Best video entries were awarded to:

  • St Gabriel's School, Traralgon
  • Mary MacKillop, Narre Warren North


View Winning Posters and Videos via this link to the winners announcement

Supporting Safeguarding Resources

Resources for Parents and ministry leaders.

  1. For Primary age children:

NCPW 2022 Body Clues and Trusted Adults Video Resource

  1. For Parents of teenagers who use social media:
  • Daniel Morcombe Part 1 (8 mins)

  • Daniel Morcombe Part 2 (5 mins)

  • E Safety Commission’s - Online sexual harassment and image based abuse (7 mins)



Website Resources


If you have any queries, please contact Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.




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