One element that emerged in the synodal discussions was the desire for some guidance on the vexed and delicate questions around gender. In response, the Bishops Conference has published two documents, one looking at the subject more generally, the other offering help to Catholic Schools:

Both of these documents are available to download below:

Safeguarding – In God’s Image

IN GOD’S IMAGE version 2 (IGIv2) came into effect on 8th September 2021.   The text of IGIv2 is available here. It has been written to explain how the Catholic Church in Scotland makes every effort to protect children and adults who are vulnerable or at risk. It has also been written as an ‘Instruction’ from the Church to direct those who are responsible for managing safeguarding arrangements in parishes, dioceses, religious institutes, and Catholic organisations on how to comply with these national safeguarding standards.


RC Diocese of Aberdeen Charitable Trust.
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