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. 

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.

Safeguarding our communities during the COVID-19 Coronavirus

Connexional advice and guidance about reopening buildings can be found here.

I am sure that many people in our churches are volunteering either within the church community or in their wider community. Here is a very helpful video which has been produced to help volunteers.

It is 3 mins long and gives a simple message of

  •  if you see something say something,
  •  that as volunteers you have a safeguarding role,
  •  flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason and
  •  tells volunteers we want them to be safe too

View the video here

It is also really important to stay safe online. Please have a look at the guidance issued by the Methodist Church about the use of social media, especially as many people are choosing to "meet" over platforms such as Zoom and Skype at the moment. There is advice on gaining parental consent before engaging young people in virtual meetings as well as other safeguarding pointers - just follow the links on the website.

View the guidance here

Training

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, all training in the District has been suspended. Revised dates will be advertised as soon as they are available. However we are now delivering Foundation Module 2020 Training for Trainers online. If you are an existing trainer, please get in touch with Jane for more details. 

Safeguarding Forum

The last Safeguarding Forum was held on 9th June via "Zoom". There was a focus on the current arrangements for worship and the gradual reopening of buildings. All the resources from the Forum are available, and updated on the Methodist Church website.

The next Forum is planned for Tuesday 22nd September. This meeting will be held over "Zoom" again. If you would like to attend and have not received the link by the previous Friday, please contact Jane.

Policies

Connexional Safeguarding policy is available here:

Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain

The District Safeguarding Policy is here:

District Safeguarding Policy 

Church Safeguarding Policy template available form this link.

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. 

Safer Recruitment

The Practice Guidance on Safer Recruitment has been updated. 

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

Self disclosure - new DBS

Self Disclosure - renewing DBS

Self Disclosure - appointments where no DBS is required

Exemption 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. Aplications and renewals are still being processed during Covid-19 restrictions.

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.

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)

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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