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The Catholic Church In Scotland: Safeguarding Instructions (2018)

There is a very well organised Volunteer preparation and selection process across the Catholic Church in Scotland.

It is guided by the principles and directives found in our national Safeguarding Instruction known as "In God's Image".

It was published on 19th March 2018 and it is effective immediately in all places and in all activities within the Catholic Church in Scotland.




Click here to access the Safeguarding Audit invitation and details on how to get involved-February 2019.



Pastoral Letter on Safeguarding from the Bishops of Scotland. 20th May 2018.


Decree from Bishop Nolan introducing the new Safeguarding Instruction: "In God's Image."-30th April 2018.


Click here to access the Parish Safeguarding Update for October 2017


On Thursday 8th December, 2016 the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors launched their new website:

You may wish to log onto this interesting and informative website as it has many resources that can be used by those working in this area of pastoral care.


Please click here to access the Pastoral Letter issued by Bishop Nolan on the imprisonment of retired priest, Paul Moore. 14th April 2018.




On 25th November 2013, the Bishops' Conference of Scotland announced that Dr Andrew McLellan would chair a Commission whose remit was to review the suitability and robustness of the Safeguarding procedures and protocols of the Catholic Church in Scotland.


On 18th August 2015, Dr McLellan published his Commission's Report. It contains many recommendations and will present challenges for the Church in future.


The Bishops of Scotland have agreed unanimously to accept its recommendations in full to ensure that Safeguarding standards are as high as possible.


You may view the full report on or click here to view a pdf. version.




This service now exists to provide individuals who have been abused within the Catholic Church (recently or some time ago) professional free counselling support and therapy from an independant professional counselling service through the auspices of "Health In Mind". To access this confidential service please contact the Diocesan Adviser: Mr Gerry McCabe, Diocese of Galloway, Safeguarding Office, 8 Corsehill Road, Ayr. KA7 2ST. Tel: 01292 260755 or email:

POLICY STATEMENT (Our Commitment to Safeguarding. In God's Image, Section A)

"All components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, value the lives, wholenss, 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 and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm."


Parish Safeguarding Co-Ordinators

The Parish Priest is responsible in ensuring the national Instructions, "In God's Image" are operative within his parish.


He is assisted by appointed Safeguarding Co-ordinator(s).

The Safeguarding Co-ordinators for our parish are: Mr Maurice Slattery and Mrs Pauline Slattery

They may be contacted on any matter relating to the safety and wellbeing of children or adults at risk at church run activities and/or events:

Telephone: 01576 202657 or Mobile numbers: Maurice- 07 961 547 176 or Pauline- 07 714 069 423

Fr Jim can be contacted at the usual parish office number: 01387 252603


Volunteers must complete the necessary procedures before they can commence their work with the church or parish.
This consists of an initial interview (which in essence is a friendly informal chat) and the completion of the PVG form or if you are already registered the request for an update from the PVG scheme using your registration reference number. It will also entail the complettion of the Diocesan Volunteer registration paperwork. It is a very clear, uncomplicated and friendly process and we know it will make you feel much more confident in your role within the church as it makes others feel knowing you have put so much effort into volunteering.

To volunteer for work in the parish you must first have a chat with our Parish Priest.

Please contact Fr Jim, Maurice or Pauline-they will be happy to assist.


The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser may be contacted at:

The Diocesan Adviser, Diocese of Galloway, Diocesan Office, 8 Corsehill Road, AYR. KA7 2ST.

Telephone: 01292 266750 or Email:



The National Adviser may be contacted on:

0141 353 1177

If you have a concern about any child, young person or adult at risk's safety in a church property or activity please call the police.