Welcome to the Safeguarding pages of the East Anglia District website.
If you need any help with safeguarding matters, even if it is just a nagging doubt, there are people who are able to help you. Each church has a poster with details of who can be contacted in the church, circuit, district and outside agencies who can advise you.
The District Safeguarding Officer is Jane Gay. Jane can be contacted by clicking here to email her or you can phone her on 07787 225 230.
If you believe someone is in immediate danger call the Emergency Services on 999 or 101.
We are here to support and help keep everyone safe in our churches.
Howard Smedley, District Safeguarding Officer for Lincolnshire, led a very useful district training day for Monitoring and Support Groups in April and we are repeating this training session in June.
Safeguarding Contracts (Covenants of Care) have changed and the responsibilities of the Monitoring and Support Group, superintendents and ministers have also developed. Howard will be leading us through the process and looking at who is to be involved and the requirements of best practice.
The date is Saturday June 9th 2018 at Thetford Methodist Church, from 10.00am until 2.30pm.
All members of current Monitoring and Support Groups are invited along with superintendents, Circuit Safeguarding Officers, independent chairs and members of the District Safeguarding Group.
Please let me know if you intend to come.
Foundation Module and Refresher training sessions for Spring 2018 can be located here. Please contact the relevant person to check there is space and there are materials ready for you.
Advanced Training Module The Advanced Training module is now out and is replacing the Leadership Module from 2018. The required attendee list has been updated from the old module and now includes Local Preachers. We are working with the DMLN to arrange dates for this training as soon as possible. If you have been required to take Leadership Training in the past, you will be required to do the Advanced Module.
We held our first Safeguarding Forum in January, the next is planned for Monday 14th May 2018 at North Walsham Methodist Church at 7.00pm. A short report on the January Forum can be found here. Among other things, on the agenda in May are GDPR, training and the opportunity to ask questions and share good practice.
The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church has been updated. The document highlights any changes which have been made to the previous version. Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain, 2018
The District Safeguarding Policy has recently been reviewed by the District Safeguarding Group and was given approval at Synod in April 2018. A copy of the document can be found here: District Safeguarding Policy 2018
All churches and circuits are required to review their Safeguarding Policy annually. Please check the new Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain to ensure your policy is as up to date as possible.
The Practice Guidance on Safer Recruitment has been updated. It includes clear guidelines on all aspects of recruitment including DBS requirements for different roles. There are 10 Steps to follow which are laid out clearly and should help in the recruitment process.
Please remember that we require all workers whether paid or voluntary to have completed the appropriate forms for their role. If you are unsure about this, please contact me.
Click here for The Methodist Church’s Connexional Safeguarding information. There are a number of updated documents on the site (30 March 2018).