St. Bernadette's
Roman Catholic Church
Parish Priest: Fr. David Boyd

St. Bernadette's

A Parish of the Diocese of Paisley

FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS WITH PVG CERTIFICATES - The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group has recommended that all volunteers doing regulated work with children and vulnerable adults or both, should do the Level 1 training by the end of 2017 and, with the agreement of Bishop John, this will now be implemented as diocesan policy. The next training sessions will take place in : St. Patrick’s, Greenock on Wednesday 27th September at 7pm. St. Fergus’, Paisley on Thursday 2nd November at 2pm St. Colm’s, Kilmacolm on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm St. Conval’s, Linwood on Tuesday 14th November at 7pm. Please contact Sarah Jane at the Diocesan Safeguarding office [email protected] or 0141 847 6138 to register for a training session. There will be limited space at each session, therefore volunteers should register up to one week before the date of the training session.

Policy Statement by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland

"The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.

As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and adults at risk."

Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities 2007

In the Diocese of Paisley, we want to reassure you that we are committed to working in line with the national policies, procedures and guidelines which have been in place since 1997 for dealing with issues of abuse. These policies, procedures and guidelines are regularly updated to reflect

  • new legislation from the civil authorities,
  • better knowledge on the part of experts and practitioners
  • and the experience gained in dealing with cases.

The current version of our national policies, procedures and guidelines, published in 2007, is called “Awareness & Safety in Our Catholic Communities” and this can be viewed on request to your Parish Priest or on our Diocesan Website. The annual Diocesan Safeguarding Audit may also be found on our Diocesan website.

In particular, we want to assure you that the Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Paisley take this issue very seriously and that we continue to be committed to implementing these policies. We want to ensure that the children, young people and vulnerable adults of our Diocese can fully participate in the life of the Church in the safest possible environment.

Parish & Diocesan Contacts

Our parish safeguarding co-ordinator is Maureen Smith and diocesan adviser is Mrs Angela Hughes. Angela can be contacted by telephone (0141 847 6130) or email ([email protected])

Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service

The telephone number for the national information line is: 0141 353 1177