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 Information and Contacts poster
A new poster for September 2019 is available to download here
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 as replaced the Leadership Module. The revised list of who should attend Foundation Module and Advanced Module is available here and now clarifies training requirements for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.
Find below a link to book places for upcoming CSS Advanced Module events plus further information.
Training is being panned continually and the Eventbrite booking site will be updated as dates and venues are confirmed, here are the details so far:
- Thurs 7th Nov: 12.30-4.30. Pulham Market Methodist Church, Norfolk
- Tues 12th Nov: 1-5pm. Great Holland, Methodist Church, Essex
- Wed 13th Nov: 9.30-1.30. Thorpe Marriott Methodist Church, Norwich
- Thurs 28th Nov : 9.30-1.30. Wimpole Rd Methodist Church, Colchester Essex
- Sat 30th Nov: 9.30-1.30. Soham Methodist Church, Cambridgeshire
- Friday 13th Dec: 9.30-1.30. Haverhill Methodist Church, Suffolk
- Mon Dec 16th: 11.00-3.00 pm Thorpe Bay Methodist Church, Essex
Exact venues and times to be confirmed: scroll down for full list
- Sat 11th Jan HAEBEA (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Mon 13th Jan Lowestoft area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Wed 29th Jan Acle area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Mon 3rd Feb St Albans area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Mon 10th Feb Cambridge area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Tues 25th Feb North Beds area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Fri 6th March Hemel Hempstead area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Sat 14th March Thetford area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Mon 16th March Basildon area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Tues 24th March Central Norfolk area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Sat 4th April Bishops Stortford area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Tues 21st April St Neots area (time and venue to be confirmed)
- Tues 28th April Stevenage area (time and venue to be confirmed)
This is a rolling programme and further dates will continue to be added.
Bookings can be made through this link.
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.
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 23rd September 2019. You can view the presentation here along with the County Lines Awareness training from the evening.
Notes from the meeting on 16th May 2019 are here with links to associated documents, websites and the Safer Recruitment survey for Connexion. The use of reporting forms and recording forms were part of the discussion on the evening; templates can be found here: Safeguarding Recording Template. Risk assessment forms are available here: Activity Risk Assessment
The date for the next Forums is
Thursday 16th January 2020, Thetford, 7.00pm
Safeguarding Trainers' Forum
The Trainers' Forum is being held on Saturday 2nd November at Thetford Methodist Church, 10-12.30. Refreshments will be available from 9.30am. Please book here
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, April 2019
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, APRIL 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)