Bishop Toal: publication of new safeguarding manual is an opportunity to repeat and renew apologies made to those who have suffered abuse


Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, has stated that the publication of the Church’s new safeguarding manual is an ‘opportunity to repeat and renew apologies made to those who have suffered any form of abuse, at any time, by anyone representing the Church.’


Writing in the Scotsman Bishop Toal gave assurances that the ‘Church has been working quietly, but tirelessly to implement the recommendations of the McLellan Commission’, and now that those recommendations have been put into practice, he believes that ‘the challenge we now face is to renew, rebuild and to restore faith and hope in the Church by offering faith and hope to one another.’


The bishop, who is responsible for safeguarding matters, declared that the Church aspires to the highest standards of care and that it is committed to rebuilding trust and confidence in the ways in which it ensures that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe. 


The new safeguarding manual, titled ‘In God’s Image’ and signed by all eight bishops of Scotland, was published last month. You can access it here

You can access Bishop Toal’s opinion piece in the Scotsman via this link.