Policy Statement on Safeguarding
“The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”
Further information can be found in detail in the policy document ‘In God’s Image’
Assistance will be given to volunteers wishing to work with children or vulnerable adults as there is an obligation to become a member of the Archdiocesan Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. There is no cost to the individual.
The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh has been chosen to be reviewed by an external audit team from the Social Care Institute for Excellence(SCIE)/Children in Scotland from 26 – 28 March 2019. The audit team would like to hear from anyone who has disclosed abuse, shared concerns of unsafe people or practice and also from survivors of non-recent Church-related abuse, their families and friends. Copies of a notice containing further information and contact details for the SCIE are available at the back of the church.
Request to abuse survivors for help with an independent review; for more information read: SCIE Request 2019
Contact: Joyce Cullen