Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Scotland

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland wish to ensure that there is transparency in the arrangements for Safeguarding in Catholic parishes and organisations throughout Scotland. In 2011 the Bishops established the McLellan Commission to review Safeguarding practice in the Catholic Church in Scotland. Its report was published in 2015, at which time we published our own plan for implementing its recommendations. This plan has led to the publication of IN GOD'S IMAGE which is an 'Instruction' from the Bishops of Scotland directing the approach to Safeguarding which must be followed in every Catholic Diocese in Scotland, with effect from 21st May 2018.

For more information about the Church's Safeguarding approach, visit the website of the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service [ ]

SCAI - Talk To Us Leaflet
Please download the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry – Talk to Us Leaflet here

For more information on the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, please see their website:

McLellan Report: Implementation Plan

Implementation Plan of Recommendations of the McLellan ReportThe Implementation Plan of the Recommendations
of The McLellan Commission may be downloaded here.

In 2015 the Bishops published this document to outline their strategy for implementing the recommendations of the McLellan Commission.

Allegations Audits

In 2013 the Bishops of Scotland published an audit of all the allegations of abuse which had been disclosed to any Diocese or Religious Congregation in the period 2006 - 2012. They committed to published such data annually thereafter. In 2018 they published a statistical review of all historical abuse cases for the period 1943 to 2005.

Statistical Review of Historical Abuse Cases 1943 to 2005
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