You may be aware of a story in the news surrounding a former Scripture Union Scotland employee pleading guilty to downloading indecent images of children. Our response to this is as follows: Scripture Union Scotland's highest priority is ensuring the safety and protection of children and young people in our care. The images found on a memory stick owned by Scott McVean were appalling and we condemn his behaviour unreservedly. In June 2011, when the memory stick was found, our staff quickly brought the matter to the attention of police. Scott McVean was suspended from his duties with Scripture Union Scotland and, after a thorough internal investigation, dismissed immediately. There is no evidence that the material possessed by Scott McVean contained images of any child, young person or adult associated with Scripture Union Scotland’s activities; nor was there any evidence that our IT facilities were used to access the material. We have systems in place to help prevent such misuse. Scott McVean was also fully disclosure checked prior to his employment. We are confident that we took - and continue to take - all steps necessary to safeguard children and young people in our care. Scripture Union Scotland would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone connected with our activities that we will continue to apply the highest professional standards when working with children and young people.

Andy Bathgate

Andy has been CEO of SU Scotland since 2001. When he's not busy with us, you'll find him playing with his grandsons or in an art gallery with his wife.