Procedures for Disclosure Scotland
Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Galloway Diocese 2017
Safeguarding Update For Parishes
On behalf of our Diocese’s
Safeguarding Service I would like to take this opportunity as your Parish
Safeguarding Coordinator to update you on the key themes and priorities for
‘We accept that Safeguarding is the
responsibility of the whole church, all of the baptised as well as ordained,
professed, those who are employed and those who volunteer, working together to
create and maintain safe environments’.
In promoting this there are key themes
arising from the principal recommendations of the McLellan commission linked to
the implementation plan agreed by the Bishops Conference of Scotland which will
be the focus for our diocesan safeguarding service in 2017.
We recognize that our volunteers,
Parish Safeguarding Coordinators, Advisers and Clergy need ongoing training and
support to allow them to sustain their roles. Through 2017 the roll out of the
national training programme reflecting the commitment to the development of
undertaking regular and high quality training and continuous professional
development as identified in McLellan’s recommendations will offer a staged
programme of opportunities for all involved in assuring Safeguarding in our
‘Support for the survivors of abuse
must be an absolute priority for the Catholic Church in Scotland in the field of
Media would suggest that our church has
not visibly progressed our engagement with survivors and although this
essentially is misinformation it is recognised that we need to offer clearer and
a more robust public information pathway for access to support including the
National Counselling Service for those who have been abused in the Catholic
Work continues ensuring a consistent
approach to Safeguarding across all sectors of the church throughout Scotland.
This will be seen in the roll out of both the national training programme the
assurance of safe recruitment practices for all volunteers engaged in regulated
work; internal and external scrutiny of process and practice through both the
annual audit requirements and development of an independent review body to
monitor the effectiveness of the delivery of the agreed implementation plan.
The resourcefulness of volunteers and
Parish Safeguarding Coordinators supporting their Parish Priests is critical to
the continued improvement of safeguarding practices across our diocese. However,
as we thank and remember their continuing commitment we need to recognise that
we, all of us also have a role to play.
Pope Francis in his letter on the Feast
of The Innocents 28 December 2016 asks us to renew our complete commitment to
ensuring that the atrocities that occasioned in our church in the past will no
longer take place in our midst; that we find the courage needed to take all
necessary measures so that such crimes may never be repeated.
Copland and Anne Murdy, St Andrew’s Parish Co-ordinators