Safeguarding is dealt with by Miss Sheila Stewart, tel: 01324 813001 and the Safeguarding Contact for Presbytery is Mrs Kirsty Nicolson, tel: 01324 484292.
Training Courses for Volunteers working with children and young people are arranged through the Presbytery Contact, usually twice each year, and are run by volunteer trainers authorised by the Church's Safeguarding Office.
The process for appointing volunteers working with children in any way in Congregations includes an application form and job description, the taking of two references, an interview and a check through Disclosure Scotland on any police or other record which the applicant may have. Disclosure checks are free of charge for volunteers.
Since the new procedures came into effect, no new volunteer is allowed to work with children, even in a supervised capacity, until all requirements are complete.
The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 - PVG Scheme
The PVG Scheme:
The new PVG Scheme became operative on 28th February 2011. Any enquiries should be made via the local church Safeguarding Co-ordinator or to Kirsty Nicolson or Sheila Stewart.
Newsletters and other material:
This link will take you to the Church of Scotland's Safeguarding Service pages where you can read recent Newsletters and obtain other information on the Scheme.