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.
All those working with our children and young people are encouraged to attend a course provided by the Church of Scotland, unless they have already attended a similar course previously. There is a certificate awarded for all who complete the course. All our volunteers that work closely with children, youth and adults at risk are required to become members of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme under the Church of Scotland.
All our volunteers are provided with a pocket guide containing key information. To see this guide click here
RECOGNISE, REPORT, PROTECT
Our safeguarding co-ordinator is Fiona Gray, we encourage anyone who suspects or witnesses any harm or abuse to contact Fiona, and it will then be reported to the safeguarding service. Fiona can be contacted on 01467 641622, or at following address, firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO GUIDELINES
As an agency committed to caring for and protecting children, we must ensure our actions and those of our congregation are appropriate. These guidelines we follow provide only a framework for good practice and might be interpreted in slightly different ways depending on the situation.
To see the Church of Scotland video and photography guidelines click here.
Photography and video recording are important methods of recording social activity and providing an historic record – illustrating and validating important moments in people’s lives.
This process is a powerful and personal one, and therefore, we must respect the rights of everyone to make the choice whether or not to be photographed.