Garthdee Parish Church is committed to protecting our young people and any other vulnerable people. For that reason, we have adopted the following safeguarding policy. It was developed by a working party of staff and specialist advisors to protect all people who may be vulnerable. It applies to ALL staff and volunteers who work with children and young people under 18 years. Plus any other vulnerable people irrespective of age.
Ensuring a Safe Church for All
The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and well-being 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 Such is the Kingdom of Heaven General Assembly Report, May 2009”
In keeping with the above policy all Garthdee Church staff and volunteers who work with
a) children and young people under the age of 18 years and/or
b) any other vulnerable person
is required to complete the Church own safeguarding course and undergo PVG approval. The latter is a not just a one-off certificate. Instead, our PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) approval is designed and run by Disclosure Scotland. It ensures that all our staff and volunteers are subject to a continuous monitoring check.
You can download a copy of this Church safeguarding policy as a PDF here