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Safeguarding Policy

Greyfriars takes the protection of all vulnerable people very seriously. We adhere to the principles agreed by the Scottish Episcopal Church, as summarised below in these two policy statements.  If you would like more information, please click on the highlighted text to access and download one or both of the documents.

Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the church.

The Scottish Episcopal Church recognises the special status of all vulnerable people, particularly those who, because they are affected by disability, mental disorder, illness, infirmity or ageing, are unable to protect themselves from abuse, or are more vulnerable to being abused than persons who are not so affected. Because of their vulnerability, such people will be awarded special protection. They are to be respected as persons in their own right, created and loved by God. We therefore commit ourselves to take all steps within our power to keep vulnerable people safe from harm and from an abuse of trust.  Policy Statement, General Synod June 2006. [Safeguarding Vulnerable People].

Safeguarding Children and Young People in the church. 

The Scottish Episcopal Church recognises the special status of children and young people.  Because of their vulnerability, children and young people will be awarded special protection. They are to be respected as persons in their own right, created and loved by God. We therefore commit ourselves to take all steps within our power to keep children and young people safe from physical, sexual and emotional harm.  Policy Statement, General Synod June 1998. [Safeguarding Children and Young People].