Safeguarding: Our Approach

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.

  • We are committed to respecting, protecting and nurturing the dignity of all people.

  • We are determined that the Catholic Church in Scotland will offer a safe place in all Church premises and activities, and with all Church personnel.

  • We are committed to improving the culture of our Safeguarding approach in order to rebuild trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe.

Our Safeguarding approaches, led by each Bishop and Major Superior, and delivered by clergy, Religious, Safeguarding personnel and lay people in every parish community, Religious Institute and Catholic organisation, are designed to protect and heal, to safeguard and nurture all who have contact with Catholic faith communities across Scotland. They can be found in detail in the policy document 'In God's Image'.

Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service

The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service was established by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to lead the Church’s strategy for developing effective Safeguarding arrangements. Its primary role is to support the Safeguarding work of Dioceses, Religious Institutes and Catholic organisations that interact with vulnerable groups.

For more information on safeguarding, please visit the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service website:

Parish contact:

Peter Gillam (Safeguarding Co-ordinator) 07771982177

Please report any safeguarding concerns to the parish priest or parish safeguarding co-ordinator. You should not ignore your concerns or assume that someone else will report it.

Archdiocesan Safeguarding team:

Emma Boothroyd (Safeguarding Advisor) 01316238949

Elaine Anderson (Safeguarding Officer) 01316238944

Margaret McCluskey (Safeguarding Administrator) 01316238943