What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the shared responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is also about ensuring the professional and safe behaviour of everyone who has a duty of care within our Catholic communities whether ordained or lay and whether in a paid or volunteer position. Safeguarding is not only a way to respond to harm but must be proactive in the prevention of any form of abuse or harm.

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.


Caterina O’Connor MA(Hons), CQSW, Dip Child Protection, DipTraining Practice
Part Time Mon-Thurs
email: caterina.o’

Safeguarding administrators:
Claudia Melis MA Modern Philology HNC Admin and IT
Part Time: Mon, Tue, Fri

Jillian Whalley BA Business Admin, Post Grad BSc IT
Part Time: Wed & Thurs


External Links:

Parish Safeguarding co-ordinator in St Joseph’s
Brenda Docherty Phone: 07580114701

If you have any questions regarding this then please do not hesitate in contacting me

Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated
Caterina O’Connor  
Email: caterina.o’
Safeguarding Adviser & Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer (PT: Monday – Thursday)
Archdiocese of Glasgow Safeguarding Office 
 196 Clyde Street Glasgow  G1 4JY  Tel. No:0141-226-5898   Fax. No: 0141-225-2600