Ensuring a Safe Church for All
The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing of each individual. Through its Congregations, working together with the Safeguarding Service and statutory agencies, the Church seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people who come into contact with the Church and its services. The Gospel proclaims that it’s the responsibility of everyone within the fellowship of the Church to prevent harm, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and we will always seek to reduce risk. The Church’s commitment to safeguarding reminds us that God cares passionately about the welfare and wellbeing of all people.
(Church of Scotland Safeguarding Policy Statement, 2010)
To ensure implementation of the policy and to make sure that appropriate oversight is carried out, the Kirk Session has appointed a Safeguarding Officer. To assist and support the coordinator a Safeguarding Committee exists comprising the Minister, the coordinator, two Session members and an ordinary member of the congregation.