Scotland: Church creates new safeguard agency

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Source: SCMO

The Catholic Church of Scotland has announced the creation of a new independent safeguard agency. Speaking at the end of a national safeguarding webinar that drew 450 participants from across Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference, announced the creation of a new body – the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) as an independent private enterprise.

Addressing webinar attendees, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said, “The SCSSA will operate entirely at arm’s length from the Church and will have its own staff and board of directors who will work closely with dioceses and communities. religious communities to make sure they are able to meet. national safeguard standards. It will also develop a process that will provide independent review of complaints about safeguarding practices and, most importantly, establish a forum in which those who have suffered abuse can bring their own perspectives to safeguarding development.

Bishop Hugh added, “We will soon begin the process of recruiting the President and Board members, followed by the recruitment of a Director and a Safeguarding Training Officer. It will take some time to establish the new agency and we ask for your patience and support while this process is ongoing. ”

Bishop Hugh concluded: “The Bishops ask you to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in selecting suitable candidates who will bring authority and credibility to the work of this new agency which will promote consistency, transparency and accountability in the institutions of the Catholic Church in Scotland. ”

Key words: Safeguard, Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Peter Kearney

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