Our Commitment to Safeguarding by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland:
"All Components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, value 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 in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. And therefore, as a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - ordained, professed, employed and voluntary - to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm."
The Safeguarding Team
Caterina O'Connor MA(Hons), CQSW, Dip Child Protection, DipTraining Practice
Tel: 07539 893 396
To contact the safeguarding administration office please
Tel: 0141 225 2605
Safeguarding Office Coordinator
Jillian Whalley BA Business Admin, Post Grad BSc IT
Part Time: Tues, Wed & Thurs
Mary Rose Giles
Part Time: Mon & Fri
- Click here for link to video from the Bishops' Conference of Scotland on the new manual In God's Image V2.
Click here for the Archdiocese of Glasgow Independant Safeguarding Audit April 2022
A Message to Abuse Survivors Within the Catholic Church
"Nothing I say to you can take away the pain and hurt that you feel or undo the harm caused by abuse that you have suffered. Nor do I, as someone who has not been abused, fully appreciate the deep and ongoing effect that past abuse has on your present life. May I assure you, though, of my concern for your well being and of my and the Church's desire to offer you whatever support and help that we can"
To discuss in confidence how we may be able to help you call
Caterina O’Connor, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Tel: 0141 226 5898.
Or write to The Safeguarding Advisor
Archdiocese of Glasgow
96 Clyde St
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult and believe them to be at immediate risk, do not delay in contacting the Police and/or Social Work Services
(Telephone: 0300 343 1505)
It is the mandatory policy of the Catholic Church in Scotland to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or dead.
If you are in any role within the Archdiocese of Glasgow, you must refer allegations directly to Caterina O’Connor (Safeguarding Adviser), unless someone is at immediate risk where you should contact the police and then follow up with the DSA.
You can also contact the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service (SCSS)
Tel:0141 332 7177
For many survivors of abuse, isolation can intensify feelings of fear and anxiety. We have a Survivor section on our website with links to Support Services . Many of these helping agencies have telephone and email services that can be contacted for advice and support during these difficult times.