Safeguarding Sunday takes place on October 10 and churches are being urged to get involved.

The Church of England is supporting Safeguarding Sunday and a short sermon for use on the day has been provided by Bishop Jonathan Gibbs, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop.

“Whether churches can give just a few minutes or dedicate their whole service, Safeguarding Sunday is a really helpful and important way of focusing on all the work that goes on 365 days a year in our churches to make them safe places.

“From our children’s and young people’s activities to clubs for the elderly and foodbanks, our churches are involved in every community. Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message.”

“Safeguarding Sunday is all about creating an opportunity for churches to show their communities that they take this responsibility seriously,” said Bishop Jonathan.

We are aware that a number of parishes are already supporting Safeguarding Sunday and would like to encourage all of our parishes to join in; it may be an opportunity to celebrate the work of your Parish Safeguarding Officer.

The specialist safeguarding charity thirtyone:eight provides bespoke resources including films and animations, prayers, preaching notes, children’s activity sheets, hymns and songs and a safeguarding pledge.

You can register and access them here Safeguarding Sunday.