Safeguarding - Creating Safer Space

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.

Training

Foundation Module and Refresher training sessions are being arranged all the time in different circuits. Please contact Jane who will put you in touch with the relevant person to check there is space and there are materials ready for you.

Advanced Training Module The Advanced Training module as replaced the Leadership Module. The revised list of who should attend Foundation Module and Advanced Module is available here and now clarifies training requirements for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.

Find below a link to book places for upcoming CSS Advanced Module events plus further information.

The next session is Thurs 20th June. Hunstanton 9.30-13.30; places can be booked here: https://css_advancedmodule_jan_june_2019.eventbrite.co.uk

The next set of training sessions are being planned, here are the details so far:

Sat 6th July

9:30-13:30

Bury St Edmunds – Northumberland Way

Tues 23rd July 

9:30-13:30?

Stevenage area (venue and time to be confirmed)

Fri 9th August

12:30-4:30?

South Beds (venue and time to be confirmed)

Tues 3rd Sept  

9:30-13:30

Wisbech

Fri 13th Sept

9:30-13:30

Chelmsford- Moulsham Lodge

Tues 1st Oct

12:30-4:30

Ipswich area (venue to be confirmed)

Sat 26th Oct

9:30-13:30

Welwyn Garden City

Tues 7th Nov

12:30-4:40

Pulham Market

Bookings can be made through this link.

Essential Preparation for the Advanced Module can be accessed from this link.

There is no urgency to do this module if you have completed the original Leadership Module in the last 3 years. CSS Advanced Module events will continue to be delivered on a frequent and regular basis for the foreseeable future across the region. Please note that attendance at the Foundation Module is necessary before attending the Advanced Module.

Safeguarding Forum

The last Safeguarding Forum, was held on Thursday 16th May at Pulham Market, 7.00pm. Notes from the meeting are here with links to associated documents, websites and the Safer Recruitment survey for Connexion. The use of reporting forms and recording forms were part of the discussion on the evening; templates can be found here: Safeguarding Recording Template. Risk assessment forms are available here: Activity Risk Assessment

The dates for the next two Forums are 

Monday 23rd September 2019, Thetford, 7.30pm

Thursday 16th January 2020, Thetford, 7.30pm

Safeguarding Trainers' Forum

The Trainers' Forum is being held on Saturday 8th June at Thetford Methodist Church, 10-12.30. Refreshments will be available from 9.30am. Please book here

Policies

The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church has been updated again. The document as an addendum on page 1 which highlights the  changes which have been made to the previous version. Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain, April 2019

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, APRIL 2019 to ensure your policy is as up to date as possible. Please ensure a copy of all Circuit Safeguarding Policies are sent to Jane when they are reviewed.

Safer Recruitment

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 all DBS applications must be preceded by the completing of the relevant Self-Disclosure form.

All workers whether paid or voluntary to have completed the appropriate forms for their role. If you are unsure about this, please contact me.

Form A parts 1 and 2 for Volunteers are found here.

Privacy Notices

Links to Privacy Notices:

Member of Monitoring and Support Group

Subject of Monitoring and Support Group

Safeguarding Concern Privacy Notice - (Contributor or Reporting person)

Safeguarding Concern Privacy Notice - (Subject of Concern)

Safeguarding Risk Assessment - (Contributor)

Safeguarding Risk Assessment - (Subject)

Key Holder Privacy Notice

Training Privacy Notice

Connexion

Click here for The Methodist Church’s Connexional Safeguarding information.

Contact Info

(Please contact Alison Travis/The District Office only for matters that relate to the Methodist District. For Local Church or Circuit matters please contact the people on the individual Circuit and Church pages.)

01603 625765

Alison Travis

The District Office
Chapel Field Road Methodist Church
Norwich
NR2 1SD


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