A Time to Build and a Time to Mend Safeguarding News


Bishop Joseph Toal reports on the major changes that are being planned for how the Catholic Church in Scotland will continue to support and regulate safeguarding in the Church. I am very pleased to be able to report on the progress that has been made in our efforts to keep the young and the vulnerable safe. IN GOD’S IMAGE – the document …

In God’s Image – revision


We are revisingIN GOD’S IMAGEthe Safeguarding Policy Manual ofthe Catholic Church in Scotland.We welcome all commentsthat will help us to improve our Safeguarding practice. Please provide your comments onlineby 30th November 2020:bit.ly/3cuTsnP WHAT IS IT?IN GOD’S IMAGE is the Safeguarding Policy Manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland, first published in March 2018. It is now being reviewed to ensure …

Safeguarding statement 2020


 In May 2018, the Bishops of Scotland published the document ‘In God’s Image’ 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”.  For the public, and for Catholic faith communities in particular, it was written to …

Bishops' Conference Consultation

Bishops consult on next edition of ‘In God’s Image’


The Bishops wish to seek views on the next edition of ‘In God’s Image’, due for publication in June 2021.  This process of seeking views will continue until 30th November 2020. While the Bishops are keen to invite a response from members of each DSAG & DRAMT, they would be most grateful if this invitation could be shared and extended …

Safeguarding Independent Report


The Second Annual Report of the Independent Review Group (IRG) monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the McLellan Commission by the Catholic Church in Scotland has been welcomed by the Bishops’ Conference. The report, published on 26 June is available at: here. Commenting on the publication, Bishop Joseph Toal, President of the Commission for Pastoral and Social Care said; …

2020 Training Dates


Important Training Update – Covid 19 Please note due to the corona virus and to reduce the chance of spread, the Diocese has taken the decision to suspend all training until further notice.  We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

COVID-19: Reporting abuse at this time


If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger. 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 …

Safeguarding Training Days

Press releases, Safeguarding

Safeguarding Training – 2019 Training is delivered over the course of ONE evenings. FOUR different venues are offered to you. Please select a VENUE and DATE to suit your diary. Please ensure that your selection, either INDUCTION 1 or INDUCTION 2 , is appropriate to your needs. Your parish safeguarding coordinator can advise you. You must BOOK IN ADVANCE – …