1. The NYA would like the Church of Scotland to consider a more active role in rehabilitation and support for victims and offenders in equal measure.

This deliverance was made at youth assembly 2010 and upon review; I believe it requires delegates to be presented with more information. To clarify, The Church of Scotland plays an active and significant role in rehabilitation. The deliverance suggests that provisions by the Kirk are not provided in equal measure. Although improvement and expansion in this area is possible and encouraged, I feel it is important to acknowledge the progress which has already been achieved. In order for us to observe, support and encourage the work already done, I have summarised some areas of rehabilitation currently being provided by the Kirk and I am sure there are many more. Maybe there are some areas of rehabilitation in your parishes that you would care to share with us all through commenting below?

Support groups for offenders such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are run from many churches and provide a vital service for those who have previously engaged in illegal activity or damaging behaviours. Crossreach also run a substance misuse rehabilitation residential service. More information of which can be found on their website.

With regard to victims, the Church of Scotland, as far as I have been able to establish, does not run a programme specifically catering to victims of crime. However, counselling, pastoral care and support are all available on a congregational level specific to individuals needs.

Further information on rehabilitation can be found on the following websites.

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price (Rev 22:17)


~ by Lynsey on February 20, 2011.

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