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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

Safeguarding :An open conversation

The Independent Review Group (IRG), established by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, wants to meet within each Diocese to hear how people have been affected by abuse/safeguarding issues and how we improve and move forward.  Everyone’s opinions matter. We are the first Diocese to hold one of these conversations. 

The IRG are hoping to reach out to both parishioners and those who no longer practice their faith.  To this end, we are trying to advertise this as far and wide as we can.  In addition to information in this month’s Flourish newspaper, we will also have information on social media. 
I am hopeful that no one will be prevented from attending because they cannot afford to travel to Glasgow, can’t travel on public transport because of a disability and/or are a lone parent and have no child care.  If you know anyone who might require some (limited) financial assistance, for any reason, please let me know and we will arrange something

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

Safeguarding: An Open Conversation
When Pope Francis met with the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences in February this year, he called for ‘an all-out battle against abuse’. Scotland has been at the forefront of this battle.

Keeping children and vulnerable adults safe in our parishes and wider communities is the responsibility of ALL of us. Our Safeguarding Manual ‘In God’s Image’ directs the approach to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults at every level of the Catholic Church in Scotland.  While an important tool in our continued efforts to keep our church community safe, the Archdiocese of Glasgow is clear that this manual is only one part of this battle. 

That is why we are very happy to join with the Independent Review Group, established by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, to meet with people to hear how they have been affected by these issues and how we improve and move forward. The Archdiocese of Glasgow is committed to the highest standards of safeguarding.  Archbishop Tartaglia said recently: “The abuse crisis has been a terrible sadness and an immense shock for us all. In addressing it, we are determined to get it right and make sure nothing of the kind ever happens again.”

You are invited to a special conversation event to reflect on these issues on Saturday 7th September 2019, 12 – 3pm, at the Archdiocesan Office 196 Clyde Street G1 4JY.  Even if you have not been directly and personally affected by issues of abuse, you have an opinion which matters.  Please telephone the Safeguarding Team on 0141 226 5898 or email  to book a place. 

An Open Letter on Safeguarding from the Independent Review Group

Dear friend,

This letter invites you to an open meeting with members of the Independent Review Group (IRG) and the Diocesan Safeguarding team.

You may be aware that the IRG was established by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland following the publication of the McLellan Commission Report which reviewed Safeguarding policies, procedure and practice. 

The IRG was tasked with scrutinising the progress of McLellan’s recommendations in the Catholic Church in Scotland. Its first report has just been published.  It shows that a good start has been made but that there is much still to do to ensure that safeguarding is understood as a core part of the mission of the Church. 

As part of its ongoing work the IRG has, therefore, approached all Dioceses to collaborate in hosting some open meetings. These will provide information about the work of the IRG and, more important, hear ideas from all parts of the Church about how to progress a shared understanding of safeguarding and improve the Church’s approach to all aspects of safeguarding.  This includes the Church’s response to those who have been hurt by abuse.

These are short gatherings, which, we hope, will be a listening exercise in which everyone can have a voice.   With that in mind they may not the best place for you to air specific grievances or concerns.  If you do wish to attend, however, there will be information about sources of advice and help. Diocesan staff and members of the IRG we will do their best to respond separately to any individual concerns or issues.

There will be a mechanism for leaving comments and feedback for those who do not want to speak.

Finally, these meetings are a small part of the work of the IRG.  It is the responsibility of the Church to continue the work of making the Church safe for all.  It is our fervent hope, however, that your part in these conversations will provide much wisdom and impetus to help that journey.

We look forward to meeting with you.

Lisa Markham (on behalf of Baroness Liddell, Chair, and IRG members)