Safeguarding is a duty that is rooted in the message of Jesus and the mission of the Church. Everyone should feel both welcome and safe in our churches.
Here in St Margaret's two Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators support Father Peter in the management of Safeguarding. They are currently Chris McAusland and Catherine Whitten. Their contact details are available on the posters displayed in the hall and at the back of the church.
They have both completed training which is delivered by Diocesan Trainers, have PVG certificates and have been approved by the Catholic Church. They work closely with Gillis Centre and the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. Along with Father Peter they carry out an Annual Safeguarding Audit.
They also ensure that anyone working with children or vulnerable adults in the parish has a current PVG certificate, Catholic Approval and have undergone basic Safeguarding Training. Currently the details of all volunteers are being updated.
In Gillis Centre the Safeguarding Team for the Archdiocese comprises the Safeguarding Advisor Angela Hughes, who follows up complaints and allegations, and Safeguarding Officer Emma Boothroyd who assists the Advisor.
Their contact details are :-
Angela Hughes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Boothroyd - email@example.com or 0131 623 8949.