Our Core Safeguarding Message
- We regard as our paramount concern the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
- We demonstrate zero tolerance of abuse.
- We report all allegations of abuse to the statutory authorities.
- We show compassion for all who have suffered experience of abuse.
- We acknowledge and learn from our past failings.
- We open our safeguarding procedures to independent scrutiny.
- We provide training and support to all who are responsible for safeguarding.
- Together we commit to continuous improvement in our safeguarding practice.
Our Safeguarding Culture
Everyone in the Catholic Church in Scotland – especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility – values 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 with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us – ordained, professed, employed and volunteer lay people – to work together to uphold these safeguarding standards that have been designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.
In God’s Image Sept 2021 page 5
“Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated. The pain of the victims and their families is also our pain, and so it is urgent that we once more reaffirm our commitment to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults”
(Pope Francis, page 35 of ‘In God’s Image’ version 2)
We want you to know that the church cares about you and that you are valued. You matter a great deal to us, and there is help and support available for you.
To discuss in confidence how we may be able to help you, please call Jo Martin, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 07579 768178 or complete this form:
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.
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Mrs Josephine Martin. You can contact her on 07579 768178 or by completing this form:
The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group consists of people with relevant experience and skills, appointed by the bishop to support the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and to ensure diocesan-wide adherence to the safeguarding standards to which the bishop is co-signatory. Their responsibilities also include analysis of the annual safeguarding audits, the formulation of the diocesan safeguarding action plan and the planning of relevant safeguarding training for clergy, religious, Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and volunteers.
Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group:
- Mrs Josephine Martin (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)
- Fr Mark Impson (Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding)
- Mrs Anne M Rae
- Mrs Kathleen Hoy
- Mrs Margaret Farrell
- Mrs Lauren Robertson (Diocesan Administration Co-ordinator)
- Sister Imelda Ann DuPuis
- Deacon John Wire
- Mr Stephen Dunphy
- Mr Gerry Healy