ELIZABETH CHAPLIN- Our New Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Bishop Brian and Liz Chaplin

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I thank Liz Chaplin for accepting the invitation to be our new Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA), a role she begins today. Liz is a parishioner of Our Holy Redeemer, Stornoway where we met and shared ideas on Friday during my pastoral visit to Lewis. We both want to further develop a safeguarding culture that is rooted in the Gospel. The DSA advises the Bishop on safeguarding matters, co-ordinates safeguarding activities across Argyll and the Isles and shares best practice with her colleagues from the other Scottish dioceses.

Liz was a social worker by profession and has been a committed Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator and diocesan trainer over many years. I ask that you pray for Liz.

I also thank Deacon Tony Livesey for his diligent but calm work as DSA over several years. Although he is stepping down as DSA I am delighted that Tony will continue to be involved in safeguarding and that the diocese will still benefit from his considerable professional expertise.

I would like to thank everyone involved in safeguarding across the diocese – laity and clergy – that as we strive to spread the Gospel keeping the vulnerable safe is a natural part of our planning.

May the Good Shepherd always bless you,