Bishops 'Produce Action Plan After Abuse Claims'

Scotland's bishops have agreed on an action plan in response to an independent review of the Catholic Church's handling of abuse allegations, according to reports.

In August, a commission led by the Very Rev Andrew McLellan called for the church in Scotland to make an ''unmistakeable and unequivocal'' apology and said support for survivors of abuse must be its ''absolute priority''.

The commission made eight recommendations, including that justice must be done for those who have been abused and that the church's safeguarding policies and practices be completely rewritten and subject to external scrutiny.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, gave a "profound apology'' that same day on behalf of all the bishops "to all those who have been harmed and who have suffered in any way as a result of actions by anyone within the Catholic Church''.

The Scottish Catholic Observer (SCO) has reported the members of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland have now agreed on a plan for implementing the McLellan recommendations.

The plan, which is said to detail how the church will overhaul its safeguarding structure for dealing with allegations of abuse, is expected to be published on the Bishops' Conference website on Sunday.

The SCO said the document outlines the church's plans to overhaul its safeguarding service, manual and training, and create an independent body to oversee the changes.

It reportedly states the church "must reach out to survivors'' of clergy abuse and involve them in the reforms.

The plan is said to have been devised with input from representatives of the General Secretariat of the Bishops' Conference and the Catholic Safeguarding Commission, with the aim of implementing the bulk of the McLellan recommendations by the end of 2017.

 

Recently Played Tracks

To listen live, choose your preferred location:

Go

On TV: Feel-Good Christmas!

10am - 11am

Watch heart TV

  • Ariana Grande Santa Tell Me

    10:48

    iTunes

  • S Club 7 Never Had A Dream Come True

    10:45

    iTunes

  • Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone

    10:38

    iTunes

  • Michael Buble Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    10:36

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Shopping Our Advertisers

Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.

Follow Heart on Twitter