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.
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 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 and Worship Leaders.
Find below a link to book places for upcoming CSS Advanced Module events plus further information.
Tues 12th Feb. Thetford. 9:30-13:30
Mon 4th March. Priory Bedford 12:30-16:30 Fully booked
Sat 6th April. North Walsham 9:30-13:30
Friday 17th May. Huntingdon area (to be confirmed)
Sat 18th May. Basildon. 9:30-13:30
Thurs 20th June. West Norfolk area (to be confirmed)
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.
Notes and information from the January 2019 Forum are available here.
The next Safeguarding Forum, for Church and Circuit Safeguarding Officers will be held on Thursday 16th May at Pulham Market, 7.00pm.
Trainers are welcome to attend but please note that there will be a specific trainer event on Saturday 8th June. Further details to be announced soon.
The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church has been updated to include GDPR compliance. The document highlights any changes which have been made to the previous version. Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain, May 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, MAY 2018 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.
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.
Links to Privacy Notices:
Click here for The Methodist Church’s Connexional Safeguarding information. There are a number of updated documents on the site (25th May 2018) to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).