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policy

safeguarding

safe-guarding

our safeguarding policy
a safe and nurturing environment
Craig Lodge Community is committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for everyone who comes to visit or stay with us as part of our community or on retreat. We follow the Scottish Catholic Church's Safeguarding Policy, 'In God's Image'.

You can find Safeguarding advice at the link below.
"The effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development, in keeping with the dignity of the human person, are integral parts of the Gospel message that the Church and all members of the faithful are called to spread throughout the world. Many painful actions have caused a profound examination of conscience for the entire Church, leading us to request forgiveness from the victims and from our society for the harm that has been caused. This response to these actions is the firm beginning for initiatives of many different types, which are intended to repair the damage, to attain justice, and to prevent, by all means possible, the recurrence of similar incidents in the future."
Pope Francis,
Chirograph for the Institution of a Pontifical
Commission for the Protection of Minor,
22nd March 2014
visiting clergy
rules for visiting clergy
These guidelines must be followed when a priest is visiting from OUTSIDE the diocese:

Passing through:
1/ Must present Celebret letter to Parish Priest/Retreat Centre Manager

Staying under 2 weeks:
Visiting Priest staying at a Parish/retreat Centre for under two weeks (e.g. doing supply cover or a retreat):
1/ Must present Celebret letter that confirms good standing.
2/ Must also present a Testimonial Letter.
3/
These must be seen by the Parish Priest/Retreat centre manager or parish Safeguarding coordinator (PSC)
4/ If Parish Priest/Retreat centre manager/PSC is not available, then someone must be appointed to meet with the visiting Priest.
5/ A record of every visiting priest must be kept by each Parish / Retreat Centre, using record form.

Staying for over 2 weeks:
1/ Visiting Priest staying for over two weeks (e.g. doing supply cover or retreats).

Diocesan Priests coming from within Scotland
1/
Will already have PVG clearance for all of ScotlandWill have had Safeguarding Training

Priests from elsewhere in UK
1/
Will have been through the Disclosure process.Must provide a Celebret Letter and a Testimonial Letter stating that they have the ‘equivalent’ to a PVG and have undergone some form of Safeguarding training.
2/ Will need to undergo Safeguarding Training and complete a Disclosure Scotland PVG application.

Priests from outside the UK
1/
Must provide a Celebret Letter and a Testimonial Letter stating that they have the ‘equivalent’ to a PVG and have undergone some form of Safeguarding training.
2/ Will need to undergo Safeguarding Training and complete a Disclosure Scotland PVG application.
general information
A celebret and Testimonial Letter will allow the visiting Priest to commence until the PVG and Safeguarding Training have been done.
As Parish Priest / Retreat Centre, you are responsible for visiting Priests.
Testimonial letters should be sent to the Parish Priest/Retreat Centre IN ADVANCE of the planned visit.
It is the visiting Priest's responsibility to ensure a Testimonial letter is provided.
Information on this process will be displayed on the Diocesan website.