Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
The Society of St Vincent de Paul fully embraces the need to protect the people that we are working with, whether they be children or vulnerable adults. We are also keenly aware of the need to protect our members. For example, it is imperative that members never visit alone, but always in pairs. All members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul are expected to register as a member of the Protecting Children and Vulnerable Group Scheme(PVG). This is administered through the Church. On joining a Conference, your President should speak to the Parish Co-ordinator and they will take you through the process. You will also be expected to attend an awareness session on the topic which will be arranged through the Diocese.
It is vital that these two procedures are undertaken to ensure the protection of the vulnerable people that we work with and for our members.
“The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations. As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.”
‘Awareness and Safety in our Catholic Communities 2007″
For further information, visit http://www.scottishcatholicsafeguarding.org.uk