New Safeguarding Policy 2017
As from September 2017 please use the following Safeguarding Policies:
The Safeguarding Refresher Module Course should be attended every 4 years and not 5 years as before.
Click on the links below for list of all those who need to attend.
If you need any further help please contact Margaret Reynolds on 01952 505233.
or email Margaret on firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Descriptions for Safeguarding Roles
Below are examples of job descriptions that were agreed in the Circuit apart from the Church safeguarding Coordinator’s job description that was agreed District wide.
The new safeguarding paperwork should now be used in cases of safeguarding concern.
It was included in the Safer Recruitment training held in this Circuit last year. If anyone who did not attend the training wishes to have help in completing the form please contact Margaret Reynolds on 01952 505233 or email: email@example.com
Social Media Guidelines for young people 11-18 2013 “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 Britain
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.
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 is available to churches as a downloaded and copied copy from the Dawley Circuit Office for the cost of £12 (Please call Sharon on 01952 505108); or can be downloaded by churches in five sections by clicking on the links below.
Safeguarding Children and Young People (pdf)This policy has been approved by the Methodist Council and replaces the 2003 edition. (Please click on the link below.)
Safeguarding Adults when they are Vulnerable (pdf) A new policy approved by the 2010 Methodist Conference. (Please click on the link below.)
Guidance to Prevent Domestic Abuse/Violence (pdf) These practical measures support, and should be read alongside, the 2005 Methodist Conference report Taking Action. (Please click on the link below.)
Model Church Policies (pdf) Designed for churches and circuits.
Safer Recruitment Policy (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 appendices. (Please click on the link below.)
The final policy will be automatically sent to purchasers of the Methodist Safeguarding Handbook.
All churches are required to have a safeguarding noticeboard, which should be exhibited in a prominent position and display the following: [a] the Church safeguarding policy [b] the names and telephone contact details of [i] the Church Safeguarding Officer [ii] the Circuit Safeguarding Officer [iii] The District Safeguarding Officer [c] a Childline poster.
On-line communications in their various forms offer opportunities for the Church to communicate with members and the wider community in sharing the good news of the Gospel. They come with new values and responsibilities, staying within the legal framework, remembering that libel, slander, copyright and data protection laws apply, as does the Constitutional Practice of the Methodist Church.
Whereas the printed word has a certain finality of declaration about it, social media in interactive, conversational and open ended. Moreover it happens in a public, not private, space.
The Methodist Church therefore encourages the user to use social tools as a means of engaging in an interactive conversation with people of all faiths and none, and these guidelines aim to help us to do so.
The principles applied to this are:
- Be credible. Be accurate, fair, thorough and transparent.
- Be consistent. Encourage constructive criticism and deliberation.
- Be cordial, honest and professional at all times. Be responsive. When you gain insight, share it where appropriate.
- Be integrated. Wherever possible, align online participation with other communications.
- Be a good representative of the Methodist Church. Remember that you are an ambassador for Christ, the Church and you’re part of it. Disclose your position as a member or office of the Church, making it clear when speaking personally. Let Galatians 5:22-26 guide your behaviour.
- Be respectful: respect confidentiality. Respect the views of others even when you disagree.
Social Media Guidelines Part 1: Connexional Social Media Policy:
- Participate online in the same way as you would with other public forums. You are responsible for the things that you do, say or write.
- Do not share personal details except with someone you know and trust. If you do use a private message.
- Remember participating online results in your comments being permanently available. It can be used in other media.
- Remember to stay within the legal framework. Safeguarding, slander, copyright and data protection laws apply, as does the Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church. Refer to “Integrity and Skill” for general guidelines on confidentiality.
- Be aware of the possibility that you may attract media interest whether you are participating in an official or personal capacity. Take advice if you have any concerns should this occur.
Please click on the links below for further information:
If you have any questions about Safeguarding please contact our Circuit Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Margaret Reynolds on 01952 505233 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org