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Former Judge to Head new and independent Catholic Safeguarding agency

Former judge is appointed as the Chair of new Catholic Safeguarding agency

The Bishops of Scotland have appointed a distinguished former judge, The Hon Lady Rita Rae QC, as the first Board Chair of the new Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (SCSSA) that will be established as a private company.


The SCSSA will operate entirely independently of the Catholic Church, with its own staff and non-executive directors who will work in close collaboration with dioceses and religious communities to ensure that they are meeting safeguarding standards.  Crucially, it will develop a forum in which those who have experienced abuse can contribute their own perspectives to the development of the Church’s safeguarding practice.


Bishop Hugh Gilbert (President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland) said, “When considering a number of possible candidates for this important post, the Bishops were united in their view that the SCSSA Board Chair must be able to act with impartiality, integrity and freedom from interference.  We immediately recognised that Lady Rae’s prestigious legal career, and her reputation as a recent Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, offered great testimony to the rigour and the independence with which she will approach this role.  We are delighted that she has accepted this appointment.”