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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

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 (Option 3 Safeguarding)


Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator

Norma Brand

Diocesan Office

Coursington Road



Tel: 01698 269114


Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency

Director of Safeguarding: Paul Donaldson

PO Box 8789



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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