Safeguarding in Stamford Methodist Circuit
It is the Methodist Church’s intention to value every human being as part of God’s creation and the whole people of God. At the heart of the Methodist community is a deep sense of the place of welcome, hospitality and openness, which demonstrates the nature of God’s grace and love for all.
Our church communities are called to be places where the transformational love of God is embodied and life in all its fullness is a gift, which is offered to all people. Safeguarding is about the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will:
• promote the welfare of children, young people and adults
• work to prevent abuse from occurring
• seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused.
We are committed to:
• the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults
• the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
• the establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
Circuit Safeguarding Officer: Charlotte Davis.
Contact details: SMCSafeguarding@gmail.com or 0797 606 4410.
Charlotte supports the circuit in its safeguarding duties as well as the church safeguarding officers.
If you need to report a safeguarding concern, request a DBS check or need training, please contact Charlotte.
Each church has their own Safeguarding Officer (see individual church page).
Useful safeguarding documents and links:
Circuit Safeguarding Policy - TBC
Job Description of a Circuit Safeguarding Officer
For Group/Event Leaders and Property Committees:
Risk Assessment for Groups and Events (blank) - Stamford Circuit Version
Risk Assessment for Small Churches' Property Committees
Risk Assessment for Large Churches' Property Committees
For Church Safeguarding Officers:
Editable Contact Cards - Lincolnshire
Editable Contact Cards - Rutland
Job Description of a Church Safeguarding Officer
Safeguarding Leaflet (for volunteers to read and sign) - Lincolnshire
Safeguarding Leaflet (for volunteers to read and sign) - Rutland
Safeguarding Poster - Lincolnshire
Safeguarding Poster - Rutland
Various Job Descriptions for Volunteer Roles
For more Methodist safeguarding forms, please go to:
If you need alternative versions of the above documents, or have any queries about them, please contact our Circuit Safeguarding Officer: SMCSafeguarding@gmail.com.
Advanced Module (Online) Safeguarding Training
This course is split into three parts:
the Advanced Module (online) e-learning – undertaken individually, which takes between 4 to and 6 hours to complete, depending on your learning style. It can be completed in sections so you can schedule when to complete the e-learning. The accompanying Workbook is for your personal use and is not assessed.
the Handbook – to support learning during the Advanced Module (online) and for further study and resources.
the Advanced Module (online) Gathered Session – a 2-hour group session on Zoom to consolidate learning from the e-learning.
The training aims to:
consolidate and develop your previous safeguarding learning
explore what this means in your designated role of responsibility within the Church • further equip you with skills and resources to be confident in promoting good practice in the Church and community
extend your understanding of responding well to different groups within the Church community.
The Northampton District is running regular Advanced Module (Online) programmes. Dates for future Gathered Sessions (before which the e-learning has to be completed) are:
Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-safer-space-advanced-module-training-wednesday-25th-may-tickets-311769700567
Tuesday 7th June at 10.00am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-safer-space-advanced-module-training-tuesday-7th-june-tickets-311772338457
To book onto a course you need to select one of the dates above to attend a Gathered session and book onto a course using the Eventbrite link.
Once registered, approximately 3 weeks before the Gathered session, you will receive more details via email of how to enrol on Theology X, the e-learning platform. Please note that you will need to use some form of computer and have reliable Wi-Fi access throughout this training. You will also need to register for the course using the email address which you will use throughout the training programme.
For further information, email Sue Ioannou District Safeguarding Officer at: email@example.com