Procedures for Disclosure Scotland
Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
Safeguarding in our Parishes
Safeguarding in our Diocese and parishes is always with us as
we worship, work and go
about our daily lives. Every day through the media we are given a reality
check of the many types of abuse which prevail in our society, thus we must be
In 2015 we had the publication of the McLellan Commission
Report and it has opened up our hearts and minds to the many challenges which
the report recommendations mean for the Bishops, Clergy and laity of the
Catholic Church in Scotland.
Each year as parish coordinators and volunteers we commit
ourselves to renewing and improving our Safeguarding protocols through best
practice and by following the National policies and procedures.
Training, robust recruitment and a strong sense of vigilance helps us to
ensure that everyone in our parish communities feel safe when they come to Mass,
services, groups or social events. The
Archbishops, Bishops and in particular our own Bishop Nolan have openly
acknowledged their gratitude for all the hard work which over the years has been
the benchmark of our commitment to implementing and improving Safeguarding in
Pope Francis also has continually asked that our families are
made aware that they have every right to expect that they are safe and secure in
‘Our Father’s House’. By
our commitment to Safeguarding it is vitally important that we remember those
who have been harmed or abused either by the Church or society. It is asked of
us that we pray and care about them.
In St Andrew’s, Rebecca Copland and Anne Murdy, and in St
Columba’s, Yvonne Panzak work with Father to ensure that we deliver a duty of
care to all of our parish families.
educating and motivating our parish communities to continue to raise awareness
of Safeguarding they share in our responsibility to help us to prevail against
those who would do us harm.
for the strength to be more understanding and supportive of all those who need
our help and protection.
Rebecca, Anne and Yvonne