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Safeguarding Sunday 2022

03 August 2022

The Congregational Federation will join with thousands of other churches across the UK to highlight the importance of protecting vulnerable people as part of Safeguarding Sunday, an awareness-raising national campaign organised by Christian safeguarding charity Thirtyone:eight.

This year’s Safeguarding Sunday campaign takes place on 20 November, coinciding with the start of National Safeguarding Adults Week (21–27 November). The theme this year is: ‘One church, one day, one message’.

Last year, more than 2,000 churches took part in the event, with this year looking to be bigger than ever. Children will have the chance to explore with their church workers what to do when they feel worried or upset, and the importance of speaking up.

Church workers can register at thirtyoneeight.org and download a free resource pack to help them plan the event, including a range of activities for children to help them understand that their voice matters and will be heard. Lesson plans will be brought to life by the colourful character, Roarry the lion, with children being encouraged to ‘raise their roar’ if they feel unsafe or are worried about someone.

Justin Humphreys, Joint Chief Executive at Thirtyone:eight, said:
“While we can’t and shouldn’t ignore abuse that has happened within the Church, of which there has been plenty of media coverage, Safeguarding Sunday is a chance to shine a light on what so many churches are doing to make places of worship safer. We mustn’t forget that protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message of justice and hope. I want to thank everyone who is doing this vital ongoing work and taking part in this year’s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in their church and community.”

For more information on Safeguarding Sunday visit  thirtyoneeight.org/SafeguardingSunday