Volunteers Required for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen is looking for two volunteers, one for the role of Chairperson of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and the other role for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor.


Chairperson of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Team (Volunteer role)

 The Chairperson is responsible to the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen and is responsible for day to day management of Safeguarding projects and procedures.  As a volunteer, the role of Chairperson requires an estimated commitment of 5 hours per week.  During the weeks when the Diocesan audit is being collated considerably more hours are worked.   Desirable skills include strong, successful strategic leadership skills and ability to foster a positive work environment.  Excellent negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills.   Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up.  You are required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) to work with both children and protected adults


Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (Volunteer role)

 The role of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is to advise and assist the Bishop in meeting his Safeguarding responsibilities.  This involves all matters that relate to the protection of children and vulnerable adults in their contact with Church personnel and/or Church property within the RC Diocese of Aberdeen.  Key tasks are ensuring all allegations are reported to Bishop for referral to statutory authorities.  The DSA convenes a Diocesan Risk Assessment Meeting which is minuted with decisions recorded and Bishop informed.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • To be accessible and offer support to survivors.
  • Updating the Diocesan website with relevant information for survivors and training initiatives in relation to the Safeguarding service.
  • Liaising with statutory agencies, such as Police, Health and Social work as well as partner agencies (National office, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Health in Mind).
  • Ensuring compliance with the National Safeguarding Standards within all Diocesan groups.
  • Responding to issues emerging from the safeguarding Audit.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, with confidence in dealing with a variety people.
  • Working effectively with partner agencies and establish good working relationships.
  • A working understanding of GDPR and confidentiality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

In addition, a flexible approach to work with occasional requirement to work outside normal hours.  The role of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor requires an estimated commitment of between 5-10 hours per week, spent on Safeguarding work, both at Diocesan and National level and various training initiatives/meetings online. More hours will be required during the submission of the Diocesan Safeguarding Audit.


A comprehensive Job description for both roles are available on request from Cathy Kelly, Bishop’s PA, via the form below:

Email Cathy Kelly