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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 ever vigilant.

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 our Church. 

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.

By 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. We pray for the strength to be more understanding and supportive of all those who need our help and protection.

Rebecca, Anne and Yvonne