St Paul’s Cathedral aims to be a safe, welcoming and peaceful place for everyone.
The Cathedral follows the Safeguarding Policy of the Scottish Episcopal Church. These are its five central commitments:
- We will promote a culture of safety in our congregations and church organisations and communities by education and training to help clergy, other church workers and participants prevent the occurrence of harm and abuse.
- We will have and implement policies and procedures to assess the suitability of persons for ordination and clergy appointments, and lay appointments to positions of responsibility and trust in the church including checking their background.
- We will adopt and promote by education and training standards for the practice of ministry by clergy and other church workers, whether employees or volunteers, who share in specific areas of the church’s ministry.
- We will have and implement policies and procedures to respond properly to allegations of abuse against clergy and other church workers that include:
- making known the procedure for making complaints;
- arranging care and advice for any person making a complaint of abuse;
- the impartial determination of allegations of abuse against clergy and other church workers, and assessment of their suitability for future ministry;
- providing support for affected congregations and church organisations.
- We will provide support for the abused, their families, and affected congregations and church organisations and communities by:
- listening with patience and compassion to their experiences and concerns;
- offering spiritual assistance and other forms of care.
The full policy and other SEC safeguarding resources can be found here.
To report a safeguarding concern, contact the Cathedral’s Safeguarding (PVG) Co-ordinator, Mrs Marion Slater: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07306 240351.