Safeguarding and Health and Safety Documents
The 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
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.
Our Policy document can be seen HERE
Our Complaints Procedure Document can be seen HERE
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our Health and Safety Procedures can be read HERE