Safeguarding is the shared responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is also about ensuring the professional and safe behaviour of everyone who has a duty of care within our Catholic communities whether ordained or lay and whether in a paid or volunteer position. Safeguarding is not only a way to respond to harm but must be proactive in the prevention of any form of abuse or harm.
Our Commitment to Safeguarding
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 members –
to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults
from abuse or harm.
The Bishops of Scotland,
In God’s Image, 2018