Chapter 6 - Implementation

The Report

A Review of the Current Safeguarding Policies, Procedures and Practice within the Catholic Church in Scotland

The McLellan Commission published its Report on 18th August and has made eight key recommendations to Scotland's Catholic Bishops to improve the current standards of safeguarding within the Catholic Church.

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Chapter 6 - Implementation

Acting on the Report

6.1 The Commission is very clear that the responsibility for acting on this report and taking forward the recommendations rests with the Catholic Church in Scotland with the leadership of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. The Commission hopes that this will be done in a way which encourages a fresh sense of ownership and empowerment on the part of lay members of the Church. Taking forward the safeguarding agenda is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Church, and the Commission is confident that there is a willingness and commitment to do all that is necessary.

6.2 At the same time, given the need to meet the expectations of survivors and restore public confidence, the Church must maintain the momentum in taking matters forward. The need for sound action and collective commitment has to be matched by a real sense of urgency and determination.

6.3 Accordingly, the Commission recommends that the Church publishes an Implementation Plan within three months, setting out the action to be taken, with clear timescales and accountability. This should be followed by a Progress Report after 12 months.

6.4 A key element of the Implementation Plan should be the direct engagement of survivors, allowing their experience to help shape the way forward.

6.5 The Commission is also of the view that public credibility would be enhanced if the Church invited an appropriate, independent, party to monitor and audit the process and progress of implementation.

6.6 As with the Commission’s report as a whole, the goal of implementation is clear: no more victims and renewed confidence in the safety of the Catholic Church in Scotland. In this way, the failures of the past can become a genuine impetus for change, improvement and healing.

Recommendations for Chapter 6

6.7 The Commission recommends that the Church publishes an Implementation Plan within three months, setting out the action to be taken, with clear timescales and accountability. This should be followed by a Progress Report after 12 months (paragraph 6.3).

6.8 A key element of the Implementation Plan should be the direct engagement of survivors, allowing their experience to help shape the way forward (paragraph 6.4).

6.9 The Commission is also of the view that public credibility would be enhanced if the Church invited an appropriate, independent, party to monitor and audit the process and progress of implementation (paragraph 6.5).

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