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.
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
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.
Recording and reporting
Please use this form to record and report safeguarding concerns.
Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, all face to face 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.
FOUNDATION MODULE 2020 Online pilot
We have three session available: 5/6th Oct 19.00, 8th Oct 15.00&18.30 and 13th Ocober 09.30.
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.
Connexional Safeguarding policy is available here:
The District Safeguarding Policy is here:
Church Safeguarding Policy template available from 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.
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.
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.
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)