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OUR SAFEGUARDING CULTURE:

Everyone in the Catholic Church in Scotland - especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility - values the lives, wholeness, 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 with the Church and its organisations.

 

As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - ordained, professed, employed and volunteer lay people - to work together to uphold these safeguarding standards that have been designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.

 

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GALLOWAY SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
OCTOBER 2023

Throughout the last 12 months, the Safeguarding Community in the Diocese Galloway has continued to embrace the Safeguarding Standards outlined within ‘In Gods Image v2,’ and through the activities and commitment of individuals and groups, have played an active part in ensuring that we continue to “protect the vulnerable ... support survivors and to respond appropriately to all concerns and allegations of abuse. “

The Annual Safeguarding Audit has highlighted a number of mechanisms that allow us to bring developed ideas and processes into play in, and these include regular meetings and subsequent action planning from our Diocesan Risk Assessment Management Team (DRAMT), our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group (DSAG) and our Diocesan Operational Team (OMT). The contributions from the delegates of all three management support strands are a fundamental and crucial part of enabling us to achieve what we do.

Within our Diocese, we are in a healthy position with regard to numbers of experienced Parish Safeguarding Coordinators (PSC’s) who support the Parish Priests and all of the parish volunteers with their day to day ministries. We have also put a call out to those who wish to join our Safeguarding Community, and we know you will welcome those who will be joining us soon, and say thank you to those who may have moved on from their previous safeguarding ministries.

The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) is now well established and is working in Sub Groups with Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (DSA’s) and Parish Safeguarding Coordinators (PSC’s) across Scotland to find robust and developed ways of ensuring that the 8 Safeguarding Standards, as outlined in ‘In Gods Image v2,’ continue to be recognised, understood and respected as a framework for improvement.

Training continues to be a priority, and has been targeting key themes that were highlighted in the completion and submission of the Audit Returns for 2022. We will benefit greatly from this modernisation in training being rolled out nationally, and our volunteers will interact both in person and online with our Diocesan Safeguarding Trainers in the coming months.

On 18 November 2023, members of the Safeguarding Community from across Scotland will be meeting at Strathclyde University for the Annual Safeguarding Conference. The Conference presents an opportunity for all of the Safeguarding Community to meet up and discuss common themes, ambitions and developments to be shared by the Catholic community across Scotland. This year the theme of the Conference is ‘Trauma Informed responses to the disclosure of abuse – One chance to change a life,’ and at the event we will hear how Pope Francis asks us to ‘become experts in the art of encounter’.

In the Diocese of Galloway we will continue to ensure that we respond when needed, and that people who need support can easily find it within each of our Parish communities. We are fortunate to have clergy who continue to value the role of Safeguarding, and we thank them for their ongoing involvement. As a diocese we must continue to grow and develop this culture of care which is an essential aspect of our Safeguarding vision.

A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who value Safeguarding and who give it priority in our parish communities.

William McFadden                                       Tony Fisher
Diocesan Administrator Diocesan         Safeguarding Advisor

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OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION

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ST MEDDAN

TROON

ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF GALLOWAY

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“The effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development, in keeping with the dignity of the human person, are integral parts of the Gospel message that the Church and all members of the faithful are called to spread throughout the world. Many painful actions have caused a profound examination of conscience for the entire Church, leading us to request forgiveness from the victims and from our society for the harm that has been caused. This response to these actions is the firm beginning for initiatives of many different types, which are intended to repair the damage, to attain justice, and to prevent, by all means possible, the recurrence of similar incidents in the future.”

 

Pope Francis, March 2014

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