At Burnside Blairbeth Church we take the safety of all in our care very seriously, particularly of children and vulnerable adults. We aim to promote a safe environment and culture in our church and recognise that it’s the responsibility and duty of everyone within the family of the church to minimise the risk of harm occurring, be it physical, sexual or emotional.

We have robust recruitment procedures to ensure that all staff or volunteers working with under 18s and adults who may be at risk have an up-to-date PVG certificate in line with the Church of Scotland Safeguarding Policy. 

If harm or abuse does occur we aim to recognise and report this promptly. We are committed to working with Police and Social Work services when required. You can find further details of the Church of Scotland Safeguarding Service here.

The Church of Scotland safeguarding handbook can be found here

We recognise our responsibility to care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse as well as for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and others who may be affected.

We have a responsibility to follow Church of Scotland guidelines when responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

If you suspect or witness harm or it is reported to you, you must immediately report it to your Safeguarding Coordinator or other member of the Safeguarding Panel. 

The 4 ‘Rs’ of safeguarding: Recognition, Reporting, Recording and Referral

Contact details of our safeguarding team are on the notice boards in the church gathering area and halls. You can also contact the safeguarding coordinator of our congregation at this email address