Safeguarding Policies and Guidance
Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance from the Methodist Church in Britain (updated September 2020):
The Connexional Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance document is a living document that will be updated and refreshed regularly.
Some guidance sections are still to be written and certain sections are subject to amendment in line with changes both in law and in Methodist policy. However, the policy is comprehensive in its reach and application, and an accessible source of advice and guidance.
We encourage churches and circuits to make good use of the policy templates that are available on the Methodist Church website. The templates can be amended to take into consideration the local contexts that reflect the situations of each individual church and circuit.
Download the templates below:
London District Safeguarding Policy
The London District of the Methodist Church is committed to adhering to the Safeguarding Policy Statement as written and published by the Methodist Church in Britain.
As such, we hold ourselves and our actions, to account through the application of the London District Safeguarding Policy, which is designed to address the needs within our specific geographical area.
London District Working Online Safely: Guidance for communicating and working safely with people online
This guidance has been 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.
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.
For more information on Safer Recruitment, DBS's and example role outlines, please visit our Safer Recruitment page.