SAFEGUARDINGThe Church of Scotland has a long and distinguished history of caring, education and outreach to the children and young people of the nation. However, there is now also a considerable amount of state legislation concerning child protection, which means that the Church must demonstrate that it takes the care and protection of children, young people and its workers very seriously.Peebles Old Parish Church and Eddleston Parish Church values the work of volunteers and fully operates the systems outlined by the Safeguarding Service of the Church of Scotland. The Code of Good Practice states that "The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing of each individual. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people, regardless of age, who come into contact with the Church and its organisations. It is the responsibility of each individual within the fellowship of the Church to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people".Peebles Old Parish Church and Eddleston Parish Church will act in accordance with the Code of Good Practice and the instructions from the Safeguarding Service of the Church of Scotland. With the imminent implementation of the scheme resulting from the "Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007" Peebles Old Parish Church and Eddleston Parish Church are ready to make the changes from the Enhanced Disclosure Checks system for people who work with children, which have been carried out since 2005, to the new PVG scheme which replaces it. The following pages explain the background to the introduction of the "Safeguarding" policies and practices and indicate the steps taken by Peebles Old Parish Church and Eddleston Parish Church to implement these policies and practices.