Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Safeguarding Guidelines

NEW SAFEGUARDING GUIDELINES: On 21 May 2018, new safeguarding guidelines will come into effect within the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh and across the country’s seven other dioceses. 

Entitled “In God’s Image”, the new guidelines have been published to explain and direct the approach to safeguarding that is to be practised at every level of the Catholic Church in Scotland. This approach has taken into account recommendations made in 2015 by the McLellan Commission that was established in 2013 by the Bishops of Scotland to provide an independent review of safeguarding polices, procedures and practice in the Catholic Church in Scotland.

A copy of the new guidelines will be sent to all parishes in coming weeks along with associated publicity materials. Training on the new guidelines is already underway. A PDF copy is available for downloading from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland website here.  

A copy of the decree promulgating the new guidelines in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is attached here