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Safeguarding Policies and Guidance

London District Safeguarding Policy

The London District is committed to adhering to the Safeguarding Policy as written and published by the Methodist Church in Britain. 

The District's Safeguarding Policy is designed to address the safeguarding needs within our specific geographical area. As a District we hold ourselves and our actions to account through the application of this policy. 

Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church

This document sets out the policy, procedures and guidance relating to safeguarding within the Methodist Church. The provisions outlined are informed by current legislation and accepted good practice from within the Church, statutory agencies and other community organisations with safeguarding responsibilities.

The Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance are reviewed on an ongoing basis by the Connexional Safeguarding Team.

This edition was published by the Methodist Church in October 2021. 

Safer Recruitment Policy

Making sure we appoint the right people to the right jobs, and that those people are safe to take up these roles is a key building block of good safeguarding practice.

The Church of England and the Methodist Church work in line with the principles listed in the joint Safer Recruitment Policy. This policy reinforces our commitment to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults, as well as our commitment to the care and nurture of children within our church communities.

In practice, this will be evidenced through the careful selection, training and support of all those with any responsibility within the Church.

This document was published by the Methodist Church in July 2021. 

Working Online Safely: Guidance for communicating and working safely with people online

This guidance has been created by the London District Office and formulated as a result of the Government’s instruction on social distancing due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns and the requirement for remote working using online platforms and telecommunication.

The Methodist Church has to be creative in how we connect with our congregations, each other and those we support. One of these innovative ways is to use digital technologies. However easy and straightforward some of us may find this; it is not without its pitfalls.

This guidance will be periodically reviewed and updated to identify any ‘gaps’, address poor practices or challenges to safe engagement.

This document was revised in December 2021. 

Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedures 2021

'The Methodist Church holds that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and incompatible with the Christian faith and a Christian way of living. It is committed to being a safer space for all. This means ensuring that members of the Methodist Church have an awareness and understanding of domestic abuse, and know how to respond appropriately and effectively. When victims disclose abuse, they can expect to be listened to, taken seriously, supported and referred to local professional services, as appropriate. Local churches should receive advice and support from their Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer and the District Safeguarding Officer. This Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedures document includes recent legislative changes, contained in the Domestic Abuse Act, England (2021)4 and legislation in other jurisdictions. It also highlights useful resources available to local churches, victims and survivors.'