CONFIDENTIAL DECLARATIONS  - All office holders should complete a confidential declaration. 


KEYHOLDER DECLARATION  - 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 keyholder is asked to sign the declaration and acknowledge the conditions of issue.


VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE OR VULNERABLE ADULTS - Additional forms that need to be completed along with the confidential declaration.


USERS AND HIRERS OF METHODIST PREMISES  - Church councils are required to ensure that those who use their premises under licence or who hire the premises for regular or occasional use are required to complete form E, 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).


EXEMPTIONS FROM DBS CHECKS FOR MINISTERS NO LONGER EXERCISING A PUBLIC MINISTRY - Checks are required for all ministers, provided that they are capable of a preaching or pastoral ministry ie a public ministry. Chairs should notify the Secretary of the Conference on an annual basis in October, of those ministers who have made a declaration that they no longer wish to exercise such a public ministry and so may be exempt from DBS checks. The final decision about whether the checks are required will rest with the Secretary of the Conference.


The following forms are available locally and templates are in development:

• Covenant of Care agreement/contract

• List of responsibilities - circuit/church/district/community

• Incident report forms

• Risk assessment for activities - checklist

• Sample registration form

• Sample consent forms

• Sample request for reference for, to facilitate safer recruitment



Connexional Safeguarding Team

Tel. 020 7467 5189


District Safeguarding Officers

Contact details



New Social Media Guidelines


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential freephone helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about the sexual behaviour or another adult towards
children, those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual behaviour of a child or young person. is a child sexual abuse prevention and awareness website which helps parents and carers do the best they can to protect their children from sexual abuse. The site is a useful resource of information, guidance and resources.