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Frequently Asked Questions

Training

Can you confirm if we, as a church, should have sight of the safeguarding policies for external organisations using our premises? Should we ask they be displayed during their time with us?


External organisations either need to comply with our policy (which we would share with them as a matter of course), or they may have their own, which needs to be of an equivalent standard and we would require a copy of that. Similar to us, they would have to have their policy easily accessible for all and ideally on display.




Someone has come to the church and says they have a safeguarding contract from another church / Circuit / District / denomination, what should I do?


If you are the Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer, you should contact the DSO. If you are not one of these people, you should inform one of these people immediately.

The DSO will provide guidance on any immediate action required. The DSO will also contact relevant authorities to receive disclosure under information sharing protocols. If the subject of the contract comes from another District or denomination, the DSO will liaise with the relevant parties to receive disclosure under information sharing protocols.

Further information can be found from p.53 of the Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy.




What happens during a District Risk Assessment for an individual who may pose a risk?


The DSO will contact relevant authorities to receive disclosure under information sharing protocols; they will also liaise with other Districts or denominations if applicable. The DSO will hold a meeting with the person who may pose a risk to seek an account from them of their previous/current history. The DSO may, where applicable, speak to the relevant victim, survivor or witnesses. Through collating and assessing gathered information, the DSO will be able to establish the terms for a Safeguarding Contract. A Monitoring and Support Group will need to be convened.

Throughout the process, the DSO will work in conjunction with the Minister, Superintendent and/or Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officers where appropriate.

Further information can be found from p.53 of the Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy.




Someone says they are on Probation / being monitored by a Probation Officer / Jigsaw / the police, what do I do?


If you are the Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer, you should contact the DSO. If you are not one of these people, you should inform one of these people immediately.

The DSO will provide guidance on any immediate action required. The DSO will conduct a risk assessment, liaising with the Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer and/or Minister/Superintendent where appropriate. The DSO will contact appropriate authorities such as Police, Social Services, LADO, and Probation, to receive disclosure under information sharing protocols. The DSO will provide further information and guidance.

Further information can be found from p.53 of the Methodist Church Safegarding Policy.




Someone has come to church and says they recently been released from prison, what do I do?


If you are the Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer, you should contact the DSO. If you are not one of these people, you should inform one of these people immediately.

The DSO will provide guidance on any immediate action required. The DSO will conduct a risk assessment, liaising with the Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer and/or Minister/Superintendent where appropriate. The DSO will contact appropriate authorities such as Police, Social Services, LADO, and Probation, to receive disclosure under information sharing protocols. The DSO will provide further information and guidance.




Our Circuit does not really wish to run online training and are considering waiting to be able to run face to face training again, is this OK?


The District does not anticipate face-to-face training being available until at least Easter 2021. With this in mind and the increasing backlog of people that require training, the District urges all Circuits to consider utilising the online Foundation Module; although this is not a mandatory requirement.




What is the revised timescale for completion of safeguarding training?


The timescale for completion of training is as follows:

  • Safeguarding training to be refreshed every 4 years (at the appropriate level)
  • Local Preachers and Worship Leaders are to complete the Advanced training by August 2021
  • All those in appropriate roles to have completed safeguarding training within 6 months of starting in role
  • All those who have had their training expire during during Covid-19 will need to complete the appropriate refresher level within 3 months of the District returning to face-to-face training




Did the Safeguarding Committee agree to the current Foundation Module being delivered online?


No, the Safeguarding Committee agreed to the development of a modified online Foundation module which will be suitable for online platforms such as Zoom.





No. The connexion need to make adjustments to the current material to ensure that it is accessible to all, and that the training delivery is consistent. We also need to nake sure that all trainers have the support they need in order to adapt to this new learning forum. If your circuit would like to pilot the online training, please contact Becky or Martha.





DBS

Do we have a current list of roles in a Methodist Church where a DBS would be required?


There is no available 'go to' list as although many roles may be similar, they may vary from church to church so there cannot be a 'one size fits all' approach.

The Safer Recruiment Policy offers some guidance. Please refer to the following sections:

p.10 (some examples), p.31-37 (further examples), p.46-48 (guidance on regulated/non-regulated activities)