Methodist Church South East District

General Information about Safeguarding

Safeguarding is about preventing the abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

As Christians we are charged to love and care for each other. This is particularly true where the most vulnerable members of our community are involved.

The Methodist Church takes its responsibilities in this regard very seriously. The Church has significant contact with children, young people and their families through its Sunday and weekday activities. All Churches within the Methodist Connexion are aware and informed about the issues related to Child Protection and are able to respond to situations that arise with appropriate action and/or advice.

These responsibilities extend also to organisations which may hire Methodist Church premises. 

District Safeguarding Officer:  Mrs Philippa Read
District Chair: Rev John Hellyer 
District Safeguarding Co-Ordinator: Mrs Philippa Read  
Independent Chair: Mrs Ann Horsley
Lay/Ordained Members: Mrs Verna Canaan

Rev Susan Conroy
Mrs Laurel Luscombe (social worker)
Rev Paul Tabraham
Rev Kevin Taylor (retired police officer)

District Safeguarding Group

District Safeguarding Policy

Creating Safer Space Training

View the training courses available here:

Foundation Stage & Foundation Stage Refresher Course

Leadership Training

If you require the training offer on any of these training courses please contact your Circuit Safeguarding Officer for dates and venues.
Where possible staff should not use their personal email address, home address or telephone line (fixed or mobile) to communicate with children, young people or clients. 

In all situations a sudden or urgent communication must still be approved by the appropriate senior manager. 

In all cases ensure that your relationships with young people are known, approved and recorded by your line manager or the senior leadership team. In the case of young children, parents should be informed that you are communicating with them. 

Taken from 'Safer Practice with Technology' KSCB 2010

Using ICT appropriately to communicate with young people

Methodist Church Web site – Safeguarding