To view the annual 2022 Safeguarding statement: click here
Safeguarding is one of the most important responsibilities that is shared by all Pilgrims. On this page you will find a series of important links and information relating to Safeguarding. Click on the links in the list below to go straight to each item:
In all matters relating to Safeguarding, the Lourdes Pilgrimage follows the requirements and protocols detailed by Statutory and Church authorities - principally the Government, the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service (SCSS) and the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh.
Working as a Volunteer
When applicants are accepted as a volunteer in Lourdes, a discussion will take place regarding the tasks that they will be performing and whether or not the work they will be doing is 'regulated' or not.
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The decision on whether or not the work is regulated will depend on what tasks and duties are responsibilities are involved. More information on regulated work can be found on the mygov.scot website. An example of a volunteer whose work is regulated would be a helper who is on a rota and is providing personal care (e.g. washing/dressing) to supported pilgrims on a regular basis throughout the week.
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Requirements for Volunteers doing Regulated Work
If the work that the volunteer will be doing is classed as regulated work, then the volunteer will need to have undertaken the following:
1. Completion of a Regulated Work application form and provision of two satisfactory references
2. A clear PVG check for the Catholic Church for working with protected adults (updated every 5 years)
3. Undertake Safeguarding Induction Training
If the work that the volunteer will be doing is NOT classed as regulated work, then the volunteer will need to have undertaken the following:
1. Completion of a general volunteer application form and provision of one satisfactory reference
2. Undertake Safeguarding Training
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Management of Safeguarding
All matters of Safeguarding related to the Lourdes Pilgrimage are overseen by the Lourdes Pilgrimage Committee in conjunction with colleagues in the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Office. The Pilgrimage Director is the key liaison in relation to Safeguarding. The current Pilgrimage Director is Canon James Tracey.
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The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service
The Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service was established by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to lead the Church’s strategy for developing eﬀective Safeguarding arrangements. It provides support and training to ensure that Safeguarding standards are met consistently across the country. They offer support through the collation of PVG applications, the design and provision of training, the development of guidance and the facilitation of an annual Audit to check compliance with national Safeguarding standards.
In God's Image
'In God's Image' is the "manual" for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland. It explains and directs the approach to Safeguarding. It details how the Catholic Church in Scotland makes every effort to protect from all forms of harm and abuse those children and adults who are vulnerable or at risk.
For further information and advice, click on the links below.
Website of Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service
Safeguarding in the Catholic Church Leaflet
Flowchart - responding to concerns or allegations of abuse