Our Normative Safeguarding Standards
In many areas of public life, elected representatives, public
officials, employees and volunteers are expected to observe
certain standards, or codes of ethical conduct, which, in
governing their practice, assure the public of the quality and
trustworthiness of their work. Public trust in those who care for
the vulnerable is dependent on knowing that certain standards
of service and conduct are being adhered to by those who have
taken on these responsibilities.
All in the Church must strive to re-build trust where it has been
broken and to hold ourselves to high standards of conduct and
practice. To enable us to achieve this goal, we have defined a
framework of eight Safeguarding normative standards for all
canonical jurisdictions within the Catholic Church in Scotland.
These set out the required levels of care and protection to be
offered by all who are responsible for children and vulnerable
Our Safeguarding standards are set out broadly in the table below
and each standard is further illustrated by a number of indicators
that describe the procedures and protocols to be followed in
order to meet the standard.
The numbering of each standard is merely intended to facilitate
ease of reference and should not be seen to confer any sense of
greater significance on one standard than one another.
Compliance with all eight standards is required.