“The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing of each individual. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people, regardless of age, who comes into contact with the Church and its organisations. It is the responsibility of each individual within the fellowship of the Church to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people”. (Policy Statement of the Code of Good Practice for working with children and young people: 1997)
At St. Columba’s we take Child Protection seriously. Nobody is allowed to volunteer in any of our children’s or young people’s groups without having been through a strict vetting procedure including an Enhanced Disclosure check.
We have a clear policy in place if a child or young person discloses information to any of our volunteers. We take seriously our obligation to pass on any concerns we may have over a child or young person’s wellbeing but seek to act sensitively at all times.
Want to volunteer?
We welcome and support volunteers to work with children and young people. Without people like you the Church’s ministry among children and young people would not be possible. St. Columba’s Church values the work of volunteers highly and operates a robust recruitment policy. There is a considerable amount of state legislation concerning Child protection, which means we must demonstrate that we take the care and protection of children, young people and our workers seriously.
If you wish to work in one of the church groups you must approach the leader of that group and first of all complete an application form. The group leader will then interview you to give a brief job description and assess your suitability for any role.
After this a Disclosure form will be provided for you to complete and hand back with various proofs of ID etc to the Child Protection Co-ordinator. Only after confirmation of Disclosure and submission of your name to Kirk Session can you take up position within your chosen group.
New helpers are encouraged to borrow and read a fact file for Children’s and Young People’s Workers available from our Child Protection Co-ordinator. This provides basic “do’s and don’ts” as well as advice on what to do if a child or young person makes an allegation of abuse. Training is available from time to time and again volunteers are encouraged to attend.
The Child Protection Co-ordinator for St. Columba’s Church is Brian Fowler. Please contact him if you have any questions or visit the Safeguarding Office pages within The Church of Scotland website.