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.
Safeguarding News Updates:
Please note: Methodist Ministers can now apply
online for a DBS check. Their Superintendent or District Chair can
verify their application.
Where possible, we advise that the online E-Bulk system be used
to apply for DBS checks. For further information on the E-Bulk
system please contact Churches
Agency for Safeguarding.
BUT if the paper application forms are used the
following needs to be done:
-the verifier will need to inform the safeguarder of the
paper application along with the paper form reference number and
date of birth of the applicant.
-the verifier needs to inform the applicant to contact the
safeguarder as soon as they receive their disclosure
certificate in the post to make an appointment to show the
safeguarder the certificate.
- the safeguarder needs to physically see the certificate
and inform Churches Agency for Safeguarding (CAS) of the
- If the disclosure certificate is clear of
blemishes an email can be sent to CAS@methodistchurch.org.uk
stating the following:
- the Certificate status is clear of blemishes
- the certificate issue number and date
- the applicants name and date of birth
- If the disclosure certificate is blemished with any cautions,
convictions or additional information, make a photocopy of the
applicants certificate and post it to CAS with the safeguarders
contact details. They will in turn update their records
and inform the connexional safeguarding team and we will then
make contact with the applicant and the safeguarder directly.
10 Steps for Safer Recruitment - June
2013 (short version)
Recruitment Policy - June 2013
Leadership Module Now
Past Cases Review
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 below in five sections.
"There is a growing understanding that protecting children, young
people and vulnerable adults is at the core of our faith.
Safeguarding is about creating churches that are a safe space for
everyone; a space where children can flourish and adults can live
up to their potential. It is about enabling everyone to come to
Jesus without stumbling blocks of abuse, ignorance, fear,
compassion fatigue or the failure to recognise the experiences that
so many carry within our communities."
Elizabeth Hall, Safeguarding Advisor, Methodist Church in
Children and Young People (pdf)
This policy has been approved by the Methodist Council and
replaces the 2003 edition.
when they are vulnerable (pdf)
A new policy approved by the 2010 Methodist Conference.
to Prevent Domestic Abuse
/ Violence (pdf)
These practical measures support, and should be read alongside,
the 2005 Methodist Conference report Taking Action.
Safeguarding Policies (pdf)
Safeguarding Policies (Word)
Designed for churches and circuits.
Recruitment Policy - June 2013 (pdf)
This is the almost-final version of this policy. Some limited
final decisions will be needed in autumn 2013. This policy, with
the '10 Step Procedure for All Recruitment', is designed to be read
and used without amendment at the level of parish, church or
circuit. Most of the detailed background information is located in
The final policy will be automatically sent to purchasers of the
Methodist Safeguarding Handbook.
The Methodist Safeguarding Handbook - Welsh
Plant a Phobl Ifanc (pdf)
Canllawiau Arfer Da - Cam-drin Domestig (pdf)
o Bolisïau i Eglwysi (pdf)
o Bolisïau i Eglwysi (Word doc)
Scottish Safeguarding system (pdf)
the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (PVG) in
the Methodist Church in Scotland (pdf)
Creating Safer Space:
Foundation Module / Modiwl
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Connexional Safeguarding Team
Tel. 020 7467 5189
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
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.
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