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: 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:


For Everyone:


         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:

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: 

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: