Methodist Safeguarding Policy

The aim of the Methodist Church Safeguarding policy is to create Christian communities of love and care, where good practice in this area becomes a way of life.


The Methodist Safeguarding Handbook

To enable churches to achieve the above aim, and in light of legislation and government guidance, the Methodist Church has produced the Methodist Safeguarding Handbook. It contains the latest policies and procedures which have been approved by the 2010 Methodist Conference and which came into effect on 1 January 2011. By following the guidelines, your church community will be complying with the latest government guidance and creating a safe space for all.

The handbook is available to purchase from Methodist Publishing for £20 + P&P, or it can be downloaded in five sections.

   

Safeguarding Joint Practice guidance within LEP's

This joint practice guidance is intended to support the work of Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships, in respect of safeguarding children and adults. This joint practice guidance has been approved by the Methodist Church and the House of Bishops, and as such it is recommended that you follow this guidance. Failure to do so could invalidate your insurance cover.

 

Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church 

This joint practice guidance is intended to support the work of Safeguarding Advisers and those working with children and adults who are vulnerable where record keeping is required. This joint practice guidance has been approved by the Methodist Church (Methodist Council, Jan 2015) and the House of Bishops and as such it is recommended that you follow this guidance. Failure to do so could invalidate your insurance cover. 


This guidance complements  both churches' approach to record keeping and addresses those special issues that relate to safeguarding. 

The issue arose at the request of a number of Districts and Dioceses and has been developed through the joint safeguarding group comprising Methodist and Church of England Safeguarding Advisers.

 

Other useful documents - Scotland 

Safer Recruitment Guidance for Scotland 2014 (pdf)

Implementing the PVG (Scotland) Act 2007 - Guidance 2014 (pdf)

 

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Historic versions

The Scottish Safeguarding system (pdf)

Implementing the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (PVG) in the Methodist Church in Scotland   (pdf) 

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Connexional Safeguarding Team

Tel. 020 7467 5189

safeguarding@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

District Safeguarding Officers

Contact details

 

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

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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.

www.stopitnow.org.uk 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.

www.parentsprotect.co.uk 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.