Safeguarding in the catholic church

"All components of the Catholic Church in Scotland, especially those in positions of leadership and responsibility, values the lives, wholeness, safety and well-being of each individual person within God's purpose for everyone. 

We seek to uphold the highest safeguarding standards in our relationships with people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. 

And, therefore, as a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us - ordained, professed, employed and voluntary members - to work together to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm." 

In God's Image, May 2018

 Child and adult protection in the Catholic Church in Scotland

Request to abuse survivors for help with an independent review of The Diocese of Motherwell. 

The Social Care Institute for Excellence / Children in Scotland (SCIE/CiS) are conducting an external, independent review of two diocese of the Catholic Church in Scotland.

The focus

The independent team want to hear from people with first- hand experience of how people in diocesan roles have responded, or failed to respond to disclosures of abuse or sharing of concerns.

They want to understand what is working well and what has gone wrong in the past.

They are looking at the responses of people in diocesan roles to knowledge of abuse by clergy or risks posed by clergy and others in Church-related roles, paid or voluntary.

At this stage, they are only focusing on responses by people in the Diocese of Aberdeen and the Diocese of Motherwell.

An independent, confidential process

The diocese will have no role in this except to help to publicise that the audit is taking place and that the external team want to hear from abuse survivors.

We recommend that you speak to SCIE and CiS staff directly.

Nobody at any level in the Church will be told that you are taking part.

What you tell SCIE/CiS will be confidential and will not be shared with the diocese except as part of an overall report which will absolutely not identify you.

SCIE/CiS expect the diocese to publish the report. Copies of the report will be made available to survivors.


Contact details


If you feel able to contribute, please contact SCIE directly:

By email on

By phone on 07921 251614

SCIE will then get in touch to arrange a time at your convenience to meet with the auditors.




Support for survivors within the catholic church

"Survivors of abuse of any form deserve the greatest care and respect. Their courage in coming forward to disclose their experience to personnel within the Church can never be underestimated. So, Church personnel must take care to provide an immediacy of response (as well as sensitive care) to anyone who wishes to talk about the harm they have suffered." 

(In God’s Image, page 34)

Should anyone wish to seek support or assistance as a result of harm caused within the Catholic Church please contact:


Veronica McKenna - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Tel: 01698 269114 (option 3 safeguarding)


Or write to: Safeguarding Advisor, Diocesan Centre, Coursington Road, Motherwell, ML1 1PP

Raphael Counselling Service

The Raphael Counselling Service has been established to offer support to anyone who has suffered abuse in the Catholic Church in Scotland. Counselling is provided by Health in Mind, an independent professional Counselling service, and is funded by the Catholic Church in Scotland.


Please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor using the details above should you wish to access Counselling support.

Diocesan Safeguarding Team


Rev. Raymond J. Breslin

St Margaret's Church

Hallcraig Street



Tel: 01698 269114 (Diocesan Office)

Tel: 01236 763370 (Parish)

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Veronica McKenna

Diocesan Office

Coursington Road



Tel: 01698 269114 ( Office closed as per Covid-19 guidance please use email or mobile number)

Mob: 07305 990 460


Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator

Norma Brand

Diocesan Office

Coursington Road



Tel: 01698 269114


National Safeguarding Co-ordinator


64 Aitken Street



Tel: 0141 332 7177



Other survivor support within Lanarkshire & surrounding areas

NAPAC – National association for People Abused in Childhood

Supports adult survivors of childhood abuse

Tel: 0808 801 0331

Monday to Thursday 10am -9pm

Friday 10am – 6pm


Children First

Support for children, young people and their families affected by abuse.

08000 28 22 33


Rape Crisis Scotland


Tel: 0141 331 4180

Monday to Friday 9.30am – 12pm


Freephone 08088 010302

Daily 6pm – 12am



Open 24 hours to report any concerns re child welfare and/or safety

Tel: 0808 800 5000

S.O.S- Speak out Scotland

Support for male survivors of childhood abuse in Glasgow and the surrounding areas

Tel: 0141 332 9326




Survivors UK

Information, support and counselling for male survivors of rape and sexual abuse, support is also available for their families and friends.

WhatsApp helpline 07491 816 064
Text based help 020 3322 1860


Trauma Counselling Line Scotland

Support available for any adult survivor or trauma.

Tel: 08088 020 406 (freephone)

Monday to Wednesday 2pm – 6pm

Friday 9am – 3pm

Message can be left out with these times.



Wellbeing Scotland

Holistic support for those living in Scotland who have had experienced that have affected them negatively.

Tel: 0800 121 6027

Monday to Friday 9am-11am


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