The updated Safeguarding instruction manual of the Catholic Church in Scotland is now available online.

In God's Image V2 (Version 2) follows a period of consultation, reflection and discussion among many who have direct experience and expertise in the front line of the Church’s safeguarding practice.

That includes responding to the hurt and anguish of those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy, religious and others working within the Catholic Church.

The manual

  • Takes into account evolving changes to the PVG scheme in Scotland.
  • Highlights instructions and norms published by the Holy See.
  • Refers to key statements made by Pope Francis.

The work of the Independent Review Group and recommendations from independent audits of safeguarding in Scottish dioceses have also had a bearing on this revised version.


In God's Image was orginally published in 2018 by the Bishops in Scotland as a policy document on safeguarding standards.

It was published as an "Instruction on Safeguarding for implementation in all Catholic canonical jurisdictions in Scotland and by all other groups and organisations in Scotland subject to a legitimate canonical authority of the Catholic Church."

The final text of Version 2 was ratified unanimously by the Bishops of Scotland in July and  it comes into effect on 8 September 2021, the feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Emma Boothroyd, Safeguarding Advisor for the Archdiocese, said: “Thanks to all Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators, Deanery Trainers and volunteers in our Archdiocese who perform an essential service for the church.”

IN GOD'S IMAGE V2 can be read and downloaded from the BCOS website. Find out more about safeguarding in our Archdiocese on this website by clicking here.