The Methodist Church is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life and ministry. Safeguarding is about the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will:
The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly from God’s creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
If you have a concern about possible abuse (including allegations):
If a child, young person or adult wishes to disclose they have been abused:
Things to remember
Contact your Circuit Safeguarding Officer: Margaret Pateman on 01582 873555 or by email
Creating Safer Space - Foundation Module Training and Refresher Training & the Advanced Module
FOUNDATION SESSIONS are to be attended if this is your first training with the church.
Please click on links below for the guide on who needs to attend and the Creating Safer Space- Foundation and Foundation Module Refresher Handbook
REFRESHER SESSIONS are for those undertaking various roles and responsibilities in the Methodist Church, who completed the Foundation Module between 2011 and 2016.
Please click on links below for the guide on who needs to attend and the Creating Safer Space- Foundation and Foundation Module Refresher Handbook.
ADVANCED MODULE (previously Leadership Module) are to be attended by those who have already undertaken the Foundation session
Please click on links below for the guide on who needs to attend and the Essential Preparation and Participant Handbook
Training Currently Available:
Please contact Margaret Pateman 01525 873555 firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information or to book a place
The CSS Advanced Module replaces the Leadership Module.
Useful Forms & Practice Guidance
Model Template for Safeguarding Records
Church Councils are required to ensure that those who use their premises under license (or who hire the premises for regular or occasional use) are given a copy of the local church safeguarding policy and declare their willingness to comply with the safeguarding policy of the Methodist Church or comparable equivalent guidelines and procedures (such as Scouting and Guiding national safeguarding policy).
Depending on whether the arrangement with a third party is a one-off hire, regular part-time use under a licence or exclusive use under a lease, the requirements under charity law, Methodist law, policy and best practice are very different.
Please follow the link below for more information:
Keyholder Declaration - Form D
The Methodist Church is not obliged to give anyone access to church premises unless access to the premises is required as part of their role or for regular hire of premises. Before the keys can be issued the key holder is asked to sign the declaration and acknowledge the conditions of issue.
Safer Recruitment Policy and Practice Guidance
Safer Recruitment Policy
Volunteer with Vulnerable Groups - Form A
Form A Part 1: Registration Form with privacy notice
This form should be completed by all parties volunteering to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The privacy notice should be provided to the volunteer at the time of completion - October 2018.
Form A Part 2: Volunteer agreement with role outline
This form should be completed by all parties volunteering to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The role outline should be detailed by a representative of the appointing body and signed by that person and the volunteer – July 2018
Church Photography - the internet and publicity
Photography and video recording are important ways of recording Methodist activity and providing an historic record – illustrating and validating important moments in people’s lives and the life of our Church. It is, however, a powerful and personal process, and we must therefore respect the rights of everyone to make the choice whether or not to be photographed. Please click on link to document. There is a photography consent form at the end of the document.
Confidential Safeguarding Declarations for Office Holders
All people nominated or holding positions in the Methodist Church must sign a confidential safeguarding self-declaration. Previously known as Form X and Form B.
Safeguarding self-declaration for office holders with substantial contact with vulnerable groups (Please click on link above for this form)
This form should be completed by all office holders and clergy (both paid and voluntary) applying for a role which involves substantial contact with children and vulnerable adults. It should be completed at the start of the recruitment process, prior to submission of a DBS application. Jan 2019
Safeguarding self-declaration for office holders without substantial contact with vulnerable groups (Please click on link above for this form)
This form should be completed by all office holders (both paid and voluntary) applying for a role which does not involve substantial contact with children and vulnerable adults. It should be completed at the start of the recruitment process. Jan 2019.
Declaration on renewal of criminal record check for those working with vulnerable groups (Please click on link above for this form)
This form should be completed prior to a renewal DBS check for roles working with children and vulnerable adults. Jan 2019.
Who to Contact:
Church Safeguarding Officer - speak to one of the ministers or the Circuit Safeguarding Officer for contact details
Circuit Safeguarding Officer - Margaret Pateman on 01582 873555 or by email
Safeguarding Framework See the Safeguarding pages on www.methodist.org.uk
Safeguarding and the Internet See the Social Media Guidelines
www.nspcc.org.uk many useful resources, including research studies and fact sheets The NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Stop it Now www.stopitnow.org.uk a Freephone confidential helpline for people with concerns about child sexual abuse which gives advice, support, information Tel: 0808 1000 900
www.childrenandyouth.org.uk the Methodist Church children and youth webpage