In the parish of Saint Patrick’s Strathaven, we warmly welcome and fully appreciate the contributions made by all those who volunteer to enrich the spiritual and temporal life of our Parish.


It is important that we ensure that all our volunteers are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities and that we follow the guidance and procedures given to us by the Diocese to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse or harm.

In law, anyone who works with children or adults at risk is obliged to undertake a Disclosure check and hold a current PVG certificate. The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland requires that anyone who offers their service as a volunteer with vulnerable groups must complete a diocesan application form and provide two character references.


In our parish this process is administered by Margaret Laing, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator. She has been advised that PVG’s issued before 2017 are due to be updated unless the volunteer has stood down from their role and will contact volunteers who are in this category with details of how to update their PVG certificates.


To anyone thinking of volunteering their services in this Parish community of Saint Patrick’s, please don’t let this paperwork be a deterrent as they are very simple forms and can be completed online or as a paper application.


Please speak to Father McGachey or Margaret Laing if you would like to read ‘In God’s Image’ document for more detailed information about the Safeguarding Policy of the Catholic Church in Scotland.