St John’s takes Safeguarding very seriously, hence the two separate groups above. Safeguarding posters are displayed throughout our church because the Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and well-being of each individual. It seeks to safeguard the welfare 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 people.

Safeguarding is about preventing harm and abuse, and making a timely and appropriate response if it occurs.

Harm or abuse of children and adults at risk can happen anywhere – even in church communities. We have a duty to Ensure a Safe Church for All. This means protecting children and ‘adults at risk’.

The Church aims to minimise the risk of harm occurring. If harm or abuse does occur, with appropriate support and training, it will be recognised and reported. If it occurs, we will work with the Police and Social Work services if appropriate.



Mr Joseph Heffernan, Mrs Helen Heffernan


Mrs Elizabeth Fitzharris, Mr Cameron Melville

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