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Act 20, 2012 (XX) – Act anent the new Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines. 23rd May 2012.

  1. The General Assembly note the production of the new Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines. They instruct the Board of Trustees to circulate the document to Presbyteries and Kirk Sessions.
  2. The General Assembly instruct all Kirk Sessions to adopt and implement the Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines issued by the Board of Trustees and to record such adoption and implementation in Kirk Session minutes. They instruct Presbyteries to monitor implementation of the Policy during their annual inspection of records and during Quinquennial Visitations.
  3. The General Assembly instruct the Board to keep developments in relation to safeguarding matters under review; to make any necessary changes to the Guidelines in light of such developments; to notify Kirk Sessions of any such changes; and to provide support to congregations in implementation of the Policy and Guidelines.
  4. The General Assembly hereby repeal Act III, 2003 and Act II, Commission of Assembly, October 2008.