The Elders are responsible for the Safeguarding of all Children and Adults at Risk of Harm who have any contact with their congregations. The Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding system seeks to adopt a preventive approach through, safe recruitment practices, policies and procedures, training and awareness raising and ensuring good safeguarding practices: see the Safeguarding Act and the Code of Good Safeguarding Practice. A Safeguarding Co-ordinator has been appointed to oversee safeguarding issues in both parishes:  Annie Shanks 01835 870850

Safeguarding Policy Statement: Ensuring a Safe Church for All

The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing 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.

If you suspect or witness harm or abuse, or it is reported to you, you must immediately report it to our Safeguarding Coordinator:  Annie Shanks 01835 870850


For further information on the Church of Scotland’s Safeguarding Service, please visit

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