Safeguarding Training

Training Update: August 2020

​Further to our July training update, we are pleased to inform you of the roll out of briefings for the pilot Online Foundation Level Safeguarding Training. The briefings, which will be run by the connexion, are open to all those within our churches and circuits that previously delivered the Foundation Level training. 

There are three dates available to choose from. Participants are only required to attend one session.

  • Thursday 03 September at 7pm - 8.30pm

  • Tuesday 08 September at 2pm - 3.30pm

  • Wednesday 09 September at 10am - 11.30am

Once you have selected a date: Please click here to register via Eventbrite.

In order to attend the session: 

  • You must have completed the foundation module (or advanced module). 

  • You must have attended the Foundation Level Facilitator Training (aka Train the Trainer) session held at Methodist Central hall, Westminster on Saturday 29 February or the Zoom session held on Thursday 28 May. If you have not completed this training, please contact Becky asap in order to arrange a short briefing. 

  • Your circuit must have access to a Zoom licence to facilitate online training. 

  • You must forward your foundation module records to Becky

If you have any questions, please contact Becky as soon as possible.

Frequently asked questions

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.




We have a plan to deliver the Foundation Module online, can we do it now?


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.




As a circuit we do not feel it is appropriate to deliver online training; what should we do?


Online training is an optional additional resource to enable circuits to deliver training. The District encourages those who are able to access online learning to do so. For circuits that do not want to offer online training, it is important that they work closely with the District to review what is needed to ensure face-to-face training can take place safely, and is kept under review.




Some of our churches are now open for socially distanced worship; can we start delivering face-to-face-training again?


No. The current format for training uses discussion groups which we cannot facilitate under the current restrictions. This should be kept under review, and the District will be able to provide guidance on when face-to-face training can resume.




Who will pay for the Zoom licence for Foundation Module training?


Circuits will need to purchase a licence for the Online Foundation Module training.




How do we ensure appropriate pastoral support during Online Foundation module training?


There is clear recognition of the need to be pastorally sensitive during training, and the potential for the material to trigger traumatic memories and experiences. Part of the remit of the working group will be to look at how this need can be met when training is being delivered online.




What happens with the timescale if we are unable to deliver the training and/or people are unable to commit or fit in with the dates?


The intention behind the training extension and the offer of online training, is in recognition of the challenges circuits are experiencing. Circuits are asked to work with the District by submitting their training records by Tuesday 01 September, to enable the District to make informed decisions




Is there a maximum number of people per session we can train online?


Once the courses are available there will be guidance in relation to the number of people permitted per session.




How frequently doe smy circuit need to forward training records to the District?


Every 6 months. You will be sent a reminder notification one month in advance. Records will be reviewed as part of the safeguarding audit process.





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