All components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, value the lives, wholeness, safety and well- being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone.
We seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.
And therefore, as a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - ordained, professed, employed and voluntary members - to work together to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.
IN GOD'S IMAGE, p.3
Click here to view the full "In God's Image" sageguarding document.
Pope Francis has asked that our families are made aware that they have every right to expect that they are safe and secure in ‘Our Father’s House’.
As part of our commitment to Safeguarding, it is vitally important that we remember those who have been harmed or abused either by a member of the Church, by members of their family or by any other person. We are asked to pray and to care for them.
The Diocese is fully committed to Safeguarding as an integral part of life in the Church. Both the Diocese and our parish embrace the special responsibility we have for all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are part of our faith community. In this church, we display a Safeguarding poster which provides contact details for our Parish Safeguarding Coordinator and the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Team. Please make contact with them if you have any concerns regarding the abuse or harm of any child, young person or vulnerable adult.
Safeguarding in our parish is a very important part of our community’s commitment to caring for each other and for others. Each year, those directly responsible for Safeguarding here - our Parish Priest, our Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator and our parish Volunteers - commit ourselves to improving our practice. We commit to complying with the standards and the procedures laid out by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, as set out in their document ‘In God’s Image’ which can be found on their website. These standards, and the vigilance of those involved in the life of the parish, help us to ensure that everyone will be safe when they come to Mass and when they take part in any parish groups or activities.
We are grateful for the support of all of our parish volunteers. The dedication and motivation of the people in our parish continues to raise awareness of Safeguarding and highlights our shared responsibility in delivering a duty of care to all who engage with our parish community.
If you have any concerns related to safeguarding and the protection of children or vulnerable adults in our parish, please do not hesitate to contact our parish safeguarding coordinator, Callum Timms, on 07817 510 850. You can also speak to our parish priest, Father Forrest, or contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Office on 0131 623 8943.