As a congregation of the Church of Scotland, we have a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing of each individual. We work together with the Church’s Safeguarding Service and statutory agencies to seek 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.
How do we do this?
We oversee with care what we do . The Kirk Session is responsible for ensuring we have safe practices in recruiting volunteers and others to work in church-based activities. To help us, we use the Church’s Safeguarding Handbooks in several volumes. We make use of the Disciplinary Code for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups on pages 16-19 of Handbook 2.
We have someone who coordinates our safeguarding oversight. Contact details for this person are clearly displayed on notices in the church premises. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact them. We keep registers of the checks we have made to demonstrate to presbytery that we are doing this to a proper standard.
We take care when we recruit volunteers and others to our activities. This will involve filling in some forms, an interview and taking up references. Please don’t be shocked or angry if we ask you for these things – it is a normal part of our recruitment routine.
We tell all those who are engaged in activities what they should and shouldn’t do in respect of safeguarding. This is summarised in the Safeguarding Pocket Guide and is also found in the Ten Top Tips for Safeguarding.
When we are arranging events involving vulnerable groups we use the Church’s Safeguarding Risk Assessment Tool on page 4 of Handbook 4.
We store and use confidential information safely in accordance with other policies.