PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE GROUPS
The Church of Scotland has a zero tolerance approach to harm or abuse of people: any type or level is unacceptable. Abuse includes physical, emotional, sexual, and financial. It can also mean neglect. Anyone can cause harm. It can happen anywhere.
The Church of Scotland has had a Safeguarding Service since 1997. The Safeguarding Service aims to prevent harm or abuse by ensuring that there is good recognition and reporting of abuse. All of our volunteer leaders require to have a Disclosure Scotland check.
Our congregation has the structure and procedures in place for current legislation and Church of Scotland procedures; we strive to operate with best practice and work continues to maintain compliance. We have two fully-trained Safeguarding Coordinators to guide us through the procedures and liaise with the Church of Scotland Safeguarding Service and Disclosure Scotland. Our Co-ordinator is Bruce Young. Bruce's contact details are shown on our internal church noticeboards and can be requested from the Church office.
Vigilance in this critical area is a duty for all of us and, as the “Church of Scotland Policy Statement - Ensuring a Safe Church for All” states: "...it is the responsibility of everyone within the fellowship of the Church to prevent harm, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and we will always seek to reduce risk...”
We are fortunate that our church has able and dedicated complement of volunteers and workers cleared to work in many groups and activities. We continue to work hard to protect our children and young people (and vulnerable adults where appropriate) following Church of Scotland policies and procedures but without being complacent or overly restrictive.
If you suspect or witness harm or abuse contact our Safeguarding Coordinator, Mr Bruce Young. Bruce's contact details are available via the church office and are displayed on posters located throughout the church buildings.
We have a duty to ensure a safe church for all.
You can find details and advice regarding the Church of Scotland's safeguarding procedures here.
Safeguarding Training Courses
Glasgow Presbytery hold Safeguarding Training Courses. Some of the most recent course material can be accessed here.