Church of Scotland Safeguarding Policy Statement 2010 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.
The Church of Scotland Safeguarding Service Scottish Charity Number SC0 11353
Further details of the Church’s theology of Safeguarding can be found in the ‘For of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven General Assembly Report, May 2009’.
To find out more about the Church of Scotland's safeguarding service
All those working with our children and young people attend a course provided by the Church of Scotland. 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
RECOGNISE, REPORT, PROTECT:
Our safeguarding co-ordinators are:
Elizabeth Porch: 07816 532 304: : firstname.lastname@example.org
William Dalzell: 07968 000610: : email@example.com
We encourage anyone who suspects or witnesses any harm or abuse to contact Elizabeth or William, and it will then be reported to the safeguarding service.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO GUIDELINES:
As a Church we are 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
Photography and video recording are important methods of recording social activity and providing a 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.