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Addressing the SCSSA’s first national conference the Hon. Lady Rae (Board Chair) stressed that the agency will operate fully independent of the Church.

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Annual  Safeguarding  Conference October  2022

The link below will take you to a number of Conference videos and documents from the annual Safeguarding Conference held on October 1… including opening remarks from Lady Rae, chair of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency and the full video presentation/ keynote talk  from Fr Hans Zollern SJ,Gregorian University,  international expert on abuse in the Catholic Church. 


  • Click Here for the full document Safeguarding Matters June 2022

Click Here for the full document Safeguarding Matters April 2022

Click Here for the full document Safeguarding Matters March 2022

“ This link provides access to a recording of the recent National Safeguarding Webinar 2021.

Gain an understanding of version 2 of In God’s Image and hear the comments of members of the expert panel.. Bishop Joseph Toal, President of the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding service , Baroness Helen Liddell, Sr Catherine Curran, Lynsey May and Caterina O’Connor. “

Safeguarding Statement to Parish 2021

The Bishops’ Conference has stated that ‘the Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults’.

Pope Francis has 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’.  

As part of our commitment to Safeguarding, it is vitally important that we remember those who have been harmed or abused either by a member of the Church, members of their family or any other person. It is asked of us that we pray and care about them. In 2019, the Bishops of Scotland established an annual Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse and individuals and communities who are affected by abuse.  This Day of Prayer is to be marked each year on the Friday following Ash Wednesday. This year the Day of Prayer falls on the 19th of February. This day allows the Church to renew its apology to anyone who has suffered and to stress its commitment to the essential work of safeguarding across our parish communities. A copy of a possible service to be used at home will be located on the Parish Website.

The Archdiocese of Glasgow is fully committed to Safeguarding as an integral part of life in the Church. Both the Archdiocese and our parish embrace the special responsibility we have for all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are part of our faith community. In our Church and Hall there is a poster/information which highlights our Safeguarding manual and has contact details for the parish, the parish coordinator(s) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.  Please make contact with them or the Parish Priest if you have any concerns regarding the abuse or harm of any child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Safeguarding in our parish is with us in all aspects of our living faith.  Each year, as Parish Priest, Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and volunteers, we commit ourselves to these principles and to renewing and improving our practice.  We adhere to the protocols and procedures laid out by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland in the document In God’s Image. These procedures, and the vigilance of those involved in the life of the parish, helps us to ensure that everyone should feel safe when they come to Mass, services, groups or social events. 

All of us involved in Safeguarding within the Archdiocese are grateful for all the hard work done by all our Parish Priests, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators and our parish volunteers.

Click Here for the full document Safeguarding Matters January 2022

Link to document below:

Safeguarding: “It’s everyone job to make sure I’m alright”

Our Commitment to Safeguarding by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland:

“All Components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, value the lives, wholeness, safety and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. And therefore, as a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us – ordained, professed, employed and voluntary – to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.”

In God’s Image’ has been published by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland as an “Instruction on Safeguarding for implementation in all Catholic canonical jurisdictions in Scotland and by all other groups and organisations in Scotland subject to a legitimate canonical authority of the Catholic Church”. It is intended to explain and to direct the approach to Safeguarding that is to be practised at every level of the Catholic Church in Scotland. ‘

For ‘In God’s Image’ click here to access the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. You will also be able to access The McLellan Report, it’s Implementation Plan. the IRG Report June 2019 and Safeguarding leaflets/poster.

COVID-19: Reporting Abuse at this Time

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult and believe them to be at immediate risk, do not delay in contacting the Police or Social Work Services (Telephone: 0300 343 1505)
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in Scotland to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or dead.
If you are in any role within the Archdiocese of Glasgow, you must refer allegations directly to Caterina O’Connor (Safeguarding Adviser), caterina.o’[email protected]
If you are a member of the public, you should refer allegations either directly to the Police and/or to Caterina O’Connor (Safeguarding Adviser). You can also contact the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service (SCSS) by telephoning 0141 332 7177 or by email at [email protected]
COVID 19- Training update
Safeguarding  training ( stage 1 and 2) for our volunteers who require to do so as part of the archdiocesan PVG/ Safe recruitment process has resumed. All our  volunteers involved with vulnerable groups must complete stage 1 training prior to beginning their ministry . Applications can be made via the safeguarding team in the archdiocese  / any queries can be made to Loretta Scott.”

Every parish has a Safeguarding co-ordinator. The main role of the co-ordinator is to support the parish priest to ensure that all policies approved by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland are effectively and appropriately implemented in the Parish.  Our co-ordinator is Loretta Scott.

In line with policy requirements a key feature of our safeguarding procedures is that all volunteers working with children and young people and vulnerable adults on a regular basis have been through the Protection of Vulnerable groups process (PVG) and are supported by appropriate training. Any queries about this can be directed to Loretta here at [email protected]

In addition to the information in the ‘In God’s Image’ manual, Glasgow’s Child protection Committee’s website can provide information to anyone interested in finding out more about protecting children. It is very user friendly and has separate pathways for parents / children and young people / general public / professionals. You can find it here