New Safeguarding Policy 2017

As from September 2017 please use the following Safeguarding Policies:


Model Church Policy 2017


Model Circuit Policy 2017


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



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:

Vol Job Description

Horsehay Parent & Toddler job description

Job Description Church website administrator

Food Bank Job Description

Job description Sunday School Teacher

Job descriptions Church safeguarding co-ordinator

Safeguarding Incident Template word document 2


SafeguardingSocial 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.

The Methodist Safeguarding HandbookSafeguarding book

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.)

kids10Safeguarding Children & Young People

Safeguarding Adults when they are Vulnerable (pdf) A new policy approved by the 2010 Methodist Conference. (Please click on the link below.)

Safeguarding Adults when they are Vulnerable

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.)

Guidance to Prevent Domestic Abuse-Violence

Model Church Policies  (pdf)  Designed for churches and circuits.

Model Church Policies

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 vulnerable adultsdesigned 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.)

Safer Recruitment Policy

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.

Childline Poster

Safeguarding Forms

Form A pt1- Registration for voluntary workers

Form A pt2 Volunteer agreement inc role outline

Form B local preacher and worship leader declaration

Form C officeholder declaration

Form D keyholder declaration

Self Declaration New Applicants

Self Declaration Renewals



Social Media Guideline for Churches in our CircuitHand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

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 Facebookengaging 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:

  1. Be credible.  Be accurate, fair, thorough and transparent.
  2. Be consistent.  Encourage constructive criticism and deliberation.
  3. Be cordial, honest and professional at all times.  Be responsive.  When you gain insight, share it where appropriate.
  4. Be integrated.  Wherever possible, align online participation with other communications.
  5. 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.
  6. Be respectful: respect confidentiality. Respect the views of others even when you disagree.


Social Media Guidelines Part 1: Connexional Social Media Policy:

  1. 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.
  2. Do not share personal details except with someone you know and trust.  If you do use a private message.
  3. Remember participating online results in your comments being permanently available.  It can be used in other media.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

Social Media Guidance for children 5-10 years

Social Media Guidelines for parents 2013

Social Media Guidelines for workers 2013

Social Media Guidelines for young people 11-18 2013

Conference Social Media Guidelines Part 2

If you have any questions about Safeguarding please contact our Circuit Safeguarding Officer:  Mrs Margaret Reynolds on 01952 505233 or email:

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