Safeguarding is a duty that is rooted in the message of Jesus and in the mission of the Church. The Catholic Church in Scotland aspires to the highest standards with regard to the care and protection of children and vulnerable adults, and actively promotes justice for, and provides assistance to, those who have been abused. We are committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people. We are determined that the Catholic Church in Scotland will offer a safe place in all Church premises and activities, and with all Church personnel. We are committed to improving the culture of our Safeguarding approach in order to rebuild trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe. Our Safeguarding approaches, led by each Bishop and Major Superior, and delivered by clergy, Religious, Safeguarding personnel and lay people in every parish community, Religious Institute and Catholic organisation, are designed to protect and heal, to safeguard and nurture all who have contact with Catholic faith communities across Scotland. They can be found in detail in the policy document ‘In God’s Image’ which can be downloaded from the Scottish Safeguarding website using details below.

If you wish to contact someone about a safeguarding issue please contact any of the following:

National Office for Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk,

274 Bath Street

Glasgow G2 4JR

Telephone Number 0141.332.7177

Emailt.campbell@scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk

website: www.scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk

or

Safeguarding Support Services for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups

Gillis Centre

100 Strathearn Road

Edinburgh

EH9 1BB

Telephone Number 0131.623.8943

Email:    angela.hughes@staned.org.uk

Website: www.archdiocese-edinburgh.com  (then navigate to Pastoral Resources and Safeguarding).