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.
Safeguarding our communities during the COVID-19 Coronavirus
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
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.
Safeguarding Information and Contacts poster
A new poster for September 2020 is being sent out to churches from Connexion. There will be a link on the website to enable you to print off additional copies.
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.
The District has updated the role descriptions for Church and Circuit Safeguarding officers in line with the revised Policies, Procedures an Guidance. They are available here:
Circuit safeguarding officers are required to keep the District informed of any causes for concern or safeguarding incidents. This is done monthly, either by completeing the Monthly Return Form or just sending an email to state "nil return" if that is the case.
The last Safeguarding Forum was held on 16th January 2020. Materials from this session can be seen here:
Powerpoint slides as a PDF and the Safeguarding adults information:
Safeguarding Trainers' Forum
The Trainers' Forum to be held on Saturday 9th May as been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
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, October 2019
The District Safeguarding Policy has recently been reviewed by the District Safeguarding Group and was given approval at Synod in April 2019. A copy of the document can be found here: District Safeguarding Policy
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, OCTOBER 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.
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.
Links to Privacy Notices:
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)