The Scottish Bahá’í, No.36 – Summer, 2004
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Holy Day Greetings from the First Minister
The Bahá’í Council was very pleased to receive the following message of greetings for Naw-Rúz from the First Minister, the Rt Hon Jack McConnell, MSP.

To the Bahá’í Community in Scotland

Dear friends,
I am delighted to offer you my best wishes for Naw-Rúz, the Bahá’í New Year, which your community will be celebrating on 21 March.
I value the contribution made by faith groups in Scotland, such as promoting social inclusion and providing services to the less privileged; providing pastoral support and a spirit of community to members, and extolling those values to the wider public. All this is exemplified by the work being done through the Bahá’í faith, both for the Bahá’ís and the wider local communities to which they belong.
Our ‘One Scotland. Many Cultures’ campaign continues to promote Scotland’s multicultural and multi-faith society and it is heartening to know that the Executive has the support and endorsement of the Bahá’í community.
May I wish you all a very pleasant and enjoyable New Year celebration.
Best wishes,
[signed – Jack McConnell]
Local Spiritual Assemblies
The following Assemblies were all able to reform at Ridván: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Lerwick, Orkney Mainland East, and Skye Central.
CHILD PROTECTION – Very Important Message re Enhanced Disclosure
Like all other organisations which involve activities with youth and children, the Bahá’í community is having to tighten up its procedures in light of child protection legislation. If you take part in Bahá’í activities, whether national or local, which involve ‘substantial access’ to children or youth then you must now go through a process of enhanced disclosure. This process is being co-ordinated by the Bahá’í Council for Scotland who are planning to make it as straightforward as possible. It involves completing a form, which takes about 30 minutes, and then submitting original items of identification (such as passport, driving licence etc.).
The Council needs to complete this process by September 2004. More detailed information will be given later but in the meantime please contact the Council directly (using bcs@bahai.org.uk or the Freefone number) if you are involved in children or youth activities (and even if you already have clearance from your profession). We know that the only effective permanent way to protect our children is to develop the core activities including those involving children — so don’t let the paperwork put us off!