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Policy Statement by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland


The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and wellbeing of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of children and young people who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The McLellan Commission has conducted an external review of all current safeguarding policies, protocols and practices in the Catholic Church in Scotland and reviewed the suitability and robustness of the procedures in place to protect vulnerable children and adults.  It was set up by The Bishop's Conference of Scotland and was annoounced on 24th November 2013, with work beginning in 2014.


The Commission has now published its report on their website where it can be viewed and downloaded.


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser


Mr Gerry McCabe


Diocesan Office,

8 Corsehill Road, Ayr, KA7 2ST

Telephone: 01292 266750      

Fax: 01292 289888


Scottish Bishop's action plan - November 2015


A new action plan detailing how the church will overhaul its safeguarding structure for dealing with allegations of abuse is available here.  It was published by the Bishop's Conference of Scotland on Sunday 22nd November 2015 on their website at



274 Bath Street


G2 4JR

Telephone: 0141 332 7177

Information Line Tel/Fax: 0141 353 1177


National Safeguarding Co-ordinator:  Tina Campbell




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