Welcome to the Safeguarding pages of the East Anglia District website.
Read the latest newsletter with details and links to future events.
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.
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.
Safeguarding our communities during the COVID-19 Coronavirus
Connexional advice and guidance about reopening buildings can be found here. It is updated regularly according to Government guidance and is therefore the most reliable source of information.
Recording and reporting
Please use this form to record and report safeguarding concerns and then pass on to your safeguarding officer.
We are delivering both the Foundation Module 2020 Training and Advanced Module Training online, and have a rolling programme of sessions. If you cannot access online training, or know of those who cannot, please contact our Safeguarding Administrator, Lynne Youngs. We have a pool of trainers able to deliver face to face training and will arrange this according to need.
FOUNDATION MODULE 2020 Online
The handbook, workbook, Learning Log and Feedback form required for training can be accessed here:
Further dates for online FM will be published soon.
FOUNDATION MODULE FACE TO FACE
Friday 8th July Sprowston 2-4.30pm
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/338211177737
Saturday 10th September Sprowston 9.30am - 12.00pm
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/377956968467
Tuesday 11th October Toftwood Methodist Church, Dereham 2pm - 4.30pm
Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/293809049777
Please read the information below before booking. If there is not a date which is suitable for you, please contact the Safeguarding Administrator, Lynne Youngs.
The Advanced Module (online) is an interactive course where case studies, film clips, questions and discussions will be used to enhance your learning. The Module is in three parts:
1. Advanced Module e-learning, an independent learning experience, you can complete at your own pace in advance of the Gathered session. This will take you 4-6 hours to complete.
2. Advanced Module Gathered Session, a 2 hour facilitated session, for up to 12 participants, which will consolidate and continue your earlier learning. This will be led by one of the District Advanced Module Trainers and the District Safeguarding Officer. A chaplain will also be available.
3. Advanced Module Handbook, this will support your learning during Advanced Module (online) and be a reference point for further study and resources.
If you have completed Foundation, Leadership or Advanced Module training within the last 4 years you can register for the Advanced Module online. You will select a date for your Gathered Session and will then be registered for e-learning access. E-learning should be completed at least 2 days before the Gathered Session.
ADVANCED MODULE FACE TO FACE
Please download and read the Essential Preparation (about 90 minutes work) before attending the face to face session.
Select your preferred date to book:
Further sessions will be published soon.
The next Forum is planned for Tuesday 27th September at 7pm. you can register your place here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Activity Risk Assessments
It is a requirement in the policies of the Methodist Church that all activities have an up to date Activity Risk Assessment. There is an example here and a template for your own use here. Please contact Jane if you need further support with this.
Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain (last updated Feb 2022)
Church Safeguarding Policy template.
All churches and circuits are required to review their Safeguarding Policy annually. Please check the Connexion link above to ensure your policy is as up to date as possible.
Churches are advised to dispaly a safeguarding poster on their notice board. This sets out our Safeguarding principles and commitments and also provides contact numbers. Download a poster from the Methodist Church website. This does not replace the requirement to have a policy on the premises.
The Methodist Church are committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults within our church communities. We will carefully select, train and support all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles. Safer Recruitment Policy (August 2021)
There is a District Volunteer Declaration form now. This can be used when a person is volunteering but not involved with any vulnerable groups for example, gardening, cleaning, in the kitchen etc. If there is ever a concern about information on a form, please contact the DSO immediately.
Please remember that all DBS applications must be preceded by the completing of the relevant Confidential Self-Disclosure form.
These are available here .
All workers whether paid or voluntary to have completed the appropriate forms for their role. If you are unsure about this, please contact me. DBS applications and renewals are still being processed during Covid-19 restrictions.
GDPR: Privacy Notices
Link to Privacy Notices: here
Click here for The Methodist Church’s Connexional Safeguarding information.
Helpline contact details
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (lines open Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Childline: 0800 1111 (phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything – lines open 24 hours)
Cruse (bereavement helpline): 0800 808 1677 (lines open Mondays and Fridays: 9.30am to 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Tuesday to Thursday: 9.30am to 8.00pm)
NAPAC – National Association for People Abused in Childhood: 0808 801 0331 (support for adults abused as children – lines open Monday to Thursday: 10.00am to 9.00pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 6.00pm)
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse – lines open 24 hours)
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (phone if you are worried about a child – lines open 24 hours)
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to – lines open 24 hours)
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900 (preventing child sexual abuse – lines open Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 9.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Fridays: 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Survivors Trust: 08088 010 818 (support for men who have experienced sexual assault or rape – lines open Mondays and Wednesdays: 10.00am to 7:30pm; Tuesdays: 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 1:30pm to 7:30pm; Thursdays: 10.00am to 4.00pm and 5.00pm to 7:30pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 2.00pm)