‘Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities’
Volunteering to work in the Parish of St Columba, Bridge of Don is a wonderful expression of Christian commitment, and is essential to the running of our many groups. Some of this work involves working closely with children and young people, or with adults at risk, and imposes extra responsibilities on us all.
The Parish Priest, Fr Patrick and the Safeguarding Coordinator, Josephine Mugglestone have joint responsibility for Safeguarding in the St Columba’s Parish.
In law all who will be working with children and young people, or with adults at risk, are obliged to undertake disclosure beforehand .
In our parish this process is carried out by Eunice Doonan and Josephine Mugglestone who have been approved by the Diocese. The volunteer will become a member of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme which replaces the old style Scottish Disclosure checks.
There are two different memberships:-
1. for those working with children and young people
2. for those working with adults at risk
It is possible to belong to both of the above.
[For those who are already members because of other work or voluntary work, they will still have to register with John Murray so that their work in our parish community can be declared to the PVG authorities, a less-involved process]
This form will be completed and then handed to Josephine Mugglestone at the time of the PVG.
Personal Details (giving the names of two character referees)
This form will also be completed and then handed over at the time of the PVG.
All volunteers are obliged to attend a two-hour session to learn about their safeguarding responsibilities. This is usually led by the Safeguarding Coordinator and/or a Diocesan Training Officer.
Copies of the Document: ‘Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities’
There are a few copies of the document: ‘Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities’ available in the parish office for reference. Alternatively please visit www.scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk to view or download the document for more information