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. 

The Methodist Church has issued guidance relating to staying safe online - both as individuals and as a church volunteer.  See the below documents which can also be viewed via httips://  

Being Transparent and Safe Online

Stay Safe Oneline for Adults

Coronavirus - Visiting Guidance

Promoting Effective Safeguarding Practice as Churches Come out of Lockdown

Children and Youth Social Media Guidance 

Connexional Digital Communication Guidance

A Guide to 'all things digital' from the Yorkshire North & East District

You can also review the below websites for advice and support:

Review the Retention Schedule with regards to record keeping of all kinds within the Methodist Church:


District Safeguarding Group 

District Safeguarding Officer:  Mrs Philippa Read
District Chair: Rev Dr David Hinchliffe
District Safeguarding Co-Ordinator: Mrs Philippa Read  
Independent Chair: Mrs Sandra Oborski
Lay/Ordained Members: 
Rev Kevin Taylor (retired police officer)
Rev Andrew Reed
LN Representative : Rev Adrian Roux

District Safeguarding Policy 

Download our Safeguarding Policy here.


Creating Safer Space Training 

If you require the training offered 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 

Using ICT to communicate with young people


Methodist Church Website – Safeguarding 

Safeguarding Documents
Safeguarding Form D Keyholder Declaration
Form E - The safeguarding clause in the standard licence and template booking form replaces the need to complete Form E
Practice Guidance on Carrying out Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Checks as part of Safer Recruitment
Recruitment: DBS/PVG, Forms etc
Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain


South-East District Safeguarding 

Click here to download:

Issue No. 5 March 2020; The Essential Trustee; Wellbeing Resources 

Issue No. 4 August 2019

Issue No. 3 April 2019

Issue No. 2 - March 2018

Issue No. 1 - October 2017


South-East District Safeguarding 

Temporary change to Safeguarding Training requirements notice from Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of Conference and Henry Lewis, Chair of Safeguarding Committee

Due to the travel and contact restrictions that have been imposed to cope with the spread of Covid 19, the Methodist Church has had to make many changes to its normal programmes and plans.

This has also had an impact for those members, officers and ministers who are required to undertake Foundation and Advanced Module safeguarding training every four years, due to the cancellation of face to face training courses.

It has therefore been agreed that, for all those who have reached the four year point since they last undertook the relevant training, the current temporary extension for this will be extended until 1/6/21.

A new online version of the FM will be available early this year and work is at an advanced stage in preparing the materials for the AM.

We want to encourage all who are able to take up these new options whilst we await the resumption of face to face training opportunities. 

We also anticipate that the development of the online courses will be retained post pandemic so that we are able to increase the capacity for offering training in different mediums.  This should assist with helping to deal with the backlog of those who are now awaiting a new training course.

Online Foundation Module roll out – update

The pilot phase for this course has now been completed.  The arrangements for the roll-out in our district are to be finalised and details will be available soon.

Online Advanced Module – update

The pilot phase for this course is currently underway with the projection that the roll-out will take place sometime this Spring. 

Further updates in relation to these things will be circulated as they become available.


Safeguarding: Getting Record Keeping Right

In these sessions we'll help you grow in confidence around safeguarding recording by:

- considering the reasons for keeping safeguarding records
- clarifying good practice in safeguarding recording
- showing why it makes a difference

- Tuesday, 15 June 2021 @ 7pm - 9pm; and

Booking is via Eventbrite:  Click here to book a place 

- Monday, 21st June 2021 @ 10am - 12midday

Booking is via Eventbrite:  Click here to book a place