Welcome to the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles Safeguarding web-page. In the Diocese we follow the standards and procedures that are given by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and the National Safeguarding Office.
Our Commitment to Safeguarding:
The Catholic Church in Scotland is concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person within God’s purpose for everyone.
It seeks to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with the Church and its organisations.
As a Church community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent all forms of abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

It is of fundamental importance that the whole Catholic community should understand and accept, in mind and heart, this essential truth: what we call “Safeguarding,” or how we keep everyone safe within our Catholic community, come from the very heart of the message of God’s love made visible in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Visiting Clergy

Please Download Safeguarding information for Visiting Clergy to Parishes and Retreat Centres within the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. 

Please Download a Testimonial Letter for completion by a Bishop/Religious Superior on behalf of Visiting Clergy to Parishes and Retreat Centres within the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. 

Below you will find contact details, forms to download, new documents.

COVID-19: Reporting abuse at this time- please click the button to report
COVID-19 and mental wellbeing: For advice about mental wellbeing
Please click on the button for information/advice for survivors of abuse

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Liz Chaplin
Diocesan Office
Bishop’s House
PA34 5AB

Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator
Miss. Katie  Dunn

Diocesan Team Representative, Diocesan Risk Assessment for Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults 

Canon Roddy Johnston V.G
St Mun’s Brecklet,


PH49 4JG
Tel:01855 811203

National Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Appointment pending 
Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service
64 Aitken Street
Tel: 0141 332 7177

Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service website: www.scsafeguarding.org.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group
Bishop Brian McGee
Claire Wynne 
Kenneth Black 
Marybell MacIntyre
Canon. Roddy Johnston 
Deacon Tony Livesey
Liz Chaplin 
Rev. David Connor
Deacon Thomas Wynne
Katie Dunn

The revised version of the Safeguarding instruction manual for all parishes in Scotland.
Please, click the link below to download a PDF copy of ‘In God’s Image 2
 IN GOD’S IMAGE is anInstruction’ from the Bishops of Scotland which directs the approach to Safeguarding which must be followed in every Catholic Diocese in Scotland, with effect from 21st May 2018.