Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland wish to ensure that there is transparency in the arrangements for Safeguarding in Catholic parishes and organisations throughout Scotland. In 2011 the Bishops established the McLellan Commission to review Safeguarding practice in the Catholic Church in Scotland. Its report was published in 2015, at which time we published our own plan for implementing its recommendations. This plan led to the publication of IN GOD’S IMAGE as an ‘Instruction’ from the Bishops of Scotland, directing the approach to Safeguarding which must be followed in every Catholic Diocese in Scotland, with effect from 21st May 2018.

IN GOD’S IMAGE version 2 (IGIv2) has emerged from a 9-month period of consultation, reflection and discussion. It makes reference to key statements made by Pope Francis and to instructions and norms published by the Holy See in recent years. It comes into effect on 8th September 2021. The text of IGIv2 will be available to be ONLINE on this website from 19th August 2021.

For more information about the Church’s Safeguarding approach, visit the website of the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service.

Supporting Survivors

“Survivors of abuse of any form deserve the greatest care and respect. Their courage in coming forward to disclose their experience to personnel within the Church can never be underestimated. So, Church personnel must take care to provide an immediacy of response (as well as sensitive care) to anyone who wishes to talk about the harm they have suffered.” (Bishops of Scotland, In God’s Image, page 34)

Safeguarding Matters September 2021

This is the second in a series of newsletters that provide information about safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
The September 2021 issue – ‘Looking forward with hope’ – features on the publication of IN GOD’S IMAGE version2 which sets out the national safeguarding standards for all Catholic parishes, dioceses, religious congregations and organisations in Scotland.

It reflects on the experience of external scrutiny of the Church’s safeguarding practice as well as developments in Safe Recruitment necessitated by changes in legislation.

Click here to read this newsletter. https://www.bcos.org.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=n_iBNvTq7-g%3d&tabid=124&portalid=0&mid=732

Growing Our Culture of Care

National Safeguarding Webinar – Saturday 2nd October 11am to 1pm

To learn about IN GOD’S IMAGE v2, clergy, religious, Church employees and volunteers across the Catholic Church Scotland are encouraged to register NOW for this important webinar.

Registration is now open if you use this link: https://bit.ly/3gQRdPu

Safeguarding Matters June 2021

This is the first in a series of newsletters that will provide information and advice about specific safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
The June 2021 issue tells about progress with the revision of IN GOD’S IMAGE, the publication that sets out the national safeguarding standards for all Catholic parishes, dioceses, religious congregations and organisations in Scotland. It also reveals that a new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) will be established in the coming months.

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During this period, observations on this text can be sent to the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland,

64 Aitken Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire ML6 6LT. Email: GenSec@bcos.org.uk



274 Bath Street GLASGOW G2 4JR Telephone: 0141 332 7177 Information Line Tel: 0141 353 1177

W: www.scsafeguarding.org.uk

Please click on link below to view our Diocesan Safeguarding Team


Policy Statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and wellbeing of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of children and young people 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