Diocesan Safeguarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safeguarding in Ellon Parish

 

Issued 25/01/2021

 

Responsibility:

The Parish Priest, Fr Patrick has ultimate responsibility for all safeguarding issues within the Parish of Ellon.  Fr Patrick is assisted in this role by the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator (PSC).  The current PSC for Ellon Parish is Karen McArdle.

The PSC, Karen McArdle works in collaboration with and supports Fr Patrick to ensure that all policies approved by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland (https://www.bcos.org.uk/Safeguarding/tabid/124/Default.aspx)  and disseminated from the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service (https://www.scsafeguarding.org.uk/) are effectively and appropriately implemented in the Parish.

An important aspect of Parish safeguarding is to ensure the safe recruitment of volunteers. In Ellon Parish, Karen McArdle has been approved to manage this recruitment process.

Volunteering:

The Parish of Ellon welcomes and fully appreciates the contributions made by all those who volunteer and offer their time, expertise, and skills in the parish. 

To ensure that all children, young people, and vulnerable adults are as safe as they can be when in the care of the Parish. All our parish volunteers have completed the elements of the Safe Recruitment process, as required by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. 

The Church’s requirements are as follows:

  • volunteers must apply and be accepted for membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (known as PVG). This is a legal requirement for all those who work with young people and vulnerable adults;

  • volunteers must provide names of two Referees;

  • volunteers must attend a Safeguarding Induction Training session;

  • volunteers cannot commence volunteering until they have received a letter of authorisation from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office.

 

Volunteers are issued with a Role Description for whatever task they are about to undertake. This makes sure that they are aware of the requirements of their role and the commitment needed.

 

 

R C DIOCESE of  ABERDEEN

Safeguarding is a duty that is rooted in the message of Jesus and in the mission of the Church. The Catholic Church in Scotland aspires to the highest standards with regard to the care and protection of children and vulnerable adults, and actively promotes justice for, and provides assistance to, those who have been abused.

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.

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 orginisations.

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.

rcda.scot/diocese/safeguarding/

Our Commitment to Safeguarding

 

Statement to the Parish on Safeguarding (Version 1) 

27th of September 2020

 

The Bishops of Scotland have made the following 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, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.

IN GOD’S IMAGE, p.3

                                                                                        

 

In our parish, we have a number of volunteers who:

  • prepare the children and young people for the Sacraments

  • lead the Children’s Liturgy

  • take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound.

As a Parish Community we welcome and fully appreciate the contributions made by all those who volunteer and offer their time, expertise and skills in the parish.  All our parish volunteers have completed the elements of the Safe Recruitment process, as required by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. 

The Church’s requirements for all volunteers are:

  • they must apply and be accepted for membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (known as PVG) - a legal requirement for all those who work with young people and vulnerable adults;

  • they must provide names of two Referees;

  • they must complete Self-Declaration and Personal Statement forms issued by the Diocese;

  • they must attend a Safeguarding Induction Training session;

  • they cannot commence volunteering until they have received a letter of authorisation from the Diocesan Safeguarding Office.

 

Volunteers are issued with a Role Description for whatever task they are about to undertake. This makes sure that they are aware of the requirements of their role and the commitment needed.

This information is presented to reassure you that all possible steps are taken to ensure that all children, young people and vulnerable adults are as safe as they can be when in the care of the Parish.

We hope that anyone considering becoming a parish Volunteer will be encouraged by this information.

The Catholic Church in Scotland has published a comprehensive set of Safeguarding standards and procedures which must be followed in every parish in Scotland.  This document – entitled ‘In God’s Image’ – can be consulted by anyone and is available on the website of the Bishops’ Conference.

Today we pray for all those working in Safeguarding in our parish, our diocese and across Scotland and we remember especially the survivors of abuse as we pray for their healing and comfort.

Important changes in legislation will come into force on Monday November 30th 2020, within the Management of Offenders Scotland Act 2019. An immediate implication for safeguarding is that the current Self Declaration Form used by volunteers across Scotland is no longer compliant. As a result, the decision was made to no longer use it within the Safe Recruitment Process and to stop issuing the form immediately. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In God’s Image,

Version 2

The Catholic Church in Scotland’s Safeguarding

Policy

Document as emerged from a 9 month period of consultation, reflection and discussion among many who have direct experience and expertise in the front line of the Church’s safeguarding practice. Significantly, this experience includes responding to the hurt and anguish of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy, religious and others working within the Catholic Church. IGIv2 makes reference to key statements made by Pope Francis and to instructions and norms published

by the Holy See in recent years.  It also takes into account evolving changes to the PVG scheme in Scotland. The work of the Independent Review Group and recommendations from independent audits of safeguarding in Scotish dioceses have also had a bearing on this revised version. The final text of IGIv2 was ratified unanimously by the Bishops of Scotland at an online meeting held on Tuesday 6th July 2021. It

came into effect on 8th September 2021, the feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is available for

online at:www.bcos.org.uk/InGodsImageV