Welcome to the London District of the Methodist Church

Safeguarding

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As the people of the Methodist Church, we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone.

We seek to safeguard people of all ages involved in District events and to encourage Circuits and churches actively to promote policies to ensure that all are safeguarded in the day to day life of the Church.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from harm including physical, financial, spiritual, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. We also strive to affirm, encourage and support those working with them.

For further information or querys please contact the London District Office.

 

Safeguarding in the London District

Here you will find our District Policy, which is reviewed annually, so that readers will see the scope of our safeguarding practice and how we aim to support circuits and individual churches to maintain their own best practice.

We also include details of the local and and regional training opportunities that are on offer, as well as a link to the Connexional Methodist Church safeguarding website which is a rich source of information and advice. This site also provides numerous templates to help local churches develop and write their own policies.

Our pages will shortly include advice on safer recruitment practice and a link to our latest guide to DBS eligibility.

Finally we will also post news items here about District, local authority or national initiatives to keep you right up to date with key developments in this key area of the church’s work. We will also publish links to these in the Weekly News published by the District office.

Connexional Safeguarding Information, Policy and Resources

The safeguarding pages of the Methodist Church website provides a wide range of information and on line resources that can help local churches develop and review their policy and practice, to ensure that they provide safe spaces and communities for children and vulnerable adults.

You will find the latest Safe Recruitment Policy that was first published in June 2013, together with the associated 2015 DBS guidance. Here you will also find details of the revised Connexional policy published in April 2017 that will help you with the development and review of local church or circuit policies It includes templates for your use.

Full details of all Creating Safer Space trainin is also included here.  This includes access to Foundation Module, Refresher and Leadership Module material.

 

Latest News in Safeguarding

  • 24 Circuit Safeguarding Coordinators met on September 30th for a business meeting to learn about new national policy developments and what these might means for local churches.  The powerpoint we worked through is here:
  • The coordinators’ group will meet again in the spring – date to be confirmed
  • The next meeting of the District Safeguarding Group will be on November 16th.The DSG provides advice, guidance and support to the DSO and offers leadership of the District’s safeguarding agenda
  • Circuit visits – Grahame aims to visit each circuit by the summer of 2018. If your circuit does not yet have a date please contact Grahame to arrange a convenient date and time

 

Future Training Dates

October 16th - ‘Train the Trainers’ training for new trainers, WCH, 6-10pm

October 30th – Leadership Module training, WCH, 10-4pm

November 14th – Orientation session for existing trainers to equip them to deliver the FM Refresher module, WCH 6-10

To register for these courses please contact Grahame Snelling DSO directly

Save the date – Saturday March 10th 2018 – Annual District Safeguarding Conference

 

Contact the District Safeguarding Officer

Grahame Snelling, 07960 877740

safeguarding@methodistlondon.org.uk.  Postal address is as for the District Office

Grahame works 28 hours per week for the District

Safeguarding Group