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Temporary change to Safeguarding Training requirements

Due to the travel and contact restrictions that have been imposed to cope with the spread of Covid 19, the Methodist Church has had to make many changes to its normal programmes and plans.

This has also had an impact for those members, officers and ministers who are required to undertake Foundation and Advanced Module safeguarding  training every four years, due to the cancellation of face  to face training courses.

It has therefore been agreed that, for all those who have reached the four year point since they last undertook the relevant training, the current temporary extension for this will be extended until 1/6/21.

A new online version of the FM will be available early in the new year and work is at an advanced stage in preparing the materials for the  AM.

We want to encourage all who are able to take up these new options whilst we await the resumption of face to face training opportunities.

We also anticipate that the development of the online courses will be retained post pandemic so that we are able to increase the capacity for offering training in different mediums.  This should assist with helping to deal with the backlog of those who are now awaiting a new training course.

Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of Conference

Henry Lewis, Chair Safeguarding Committee

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