Instruction on Safeguarding for implementation
in all Catholic canonical jurisdictions in Scotland
and by all other groups and organisations in
Scotland subject to a legitimate canonical
authority of the Catholic Church.

published by the Bishops of Scotland 'ad experimentum',
for a period of three years from March 2018*

* During this period, observations on this text can be sent to
the General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, 64 Aitken Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire ML6 6LT. Email:


God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27



The effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development, in keeping with the dignity of the human person, are integral parts of the Gospel message that the Church and all members of the faithful are called to spread throughout the world. Many painful actions have caused a profound examination of conscience for the entire Church, leading us to request forgiveness from the victims and from our society for the harm that has been caused. This response to these actions is the firm beginning for initiatives of many different types, which are intended to repair the damage, to attain justice, and to prevent, by all means possible, the recurrence of similar incidents in the future.
Pope Francis

Chirograph for the Institution of a
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
22nd March 2014.