North Bedfordshire Circuit The Methodist Church


Safeguarding Policy

The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly from God’s creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

PosterSafeguarding Poster - to be displayed, along with the Church Safeguarding Policy and a ChildLine Poster, in every hall, room and entrance lobby where members of the public and the church meet.
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Methodist Safeguarding Policy Read the Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance 2017 document

Safeguarding Policy Read the North Beds Methodist Circuit Safeguarding Policy

Note: these documents are also available for downloading on the Policy Downloads Page.

If you have a concern about possible abuse (including allegations):
  1. In an emergency, respond immediately.
  2. Consult the person to whom you are responsible.
  3. Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an immediate referral.
  4. Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions.
  5. Tell your minister and/or safeguarding representative.
  6. Only tell others who need to know.

If a child, young person or adult wishes to disclose they have been abused:
  1. Listen. Keep listening. Do not question or investigate.
  2. Do not promise confidentiality; tell them we need to share this.
  3. Assure them they are not to blame.
  4. Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what happens.
  5. Make careful notes of what is said, record dates, times, events and when you are told.
  6. Report it to the person to whom you are responsible and your minister or safeguarding representative.
  7. Only tell those who need to know.
Things to remember
  • Treat everyone with respect, setting a positive example for others.
  • Respect personal space and privacy.
  • Ensure another adult is present or within sight or hearing of any activity.
  • Ensure any actions cannot be misinterpreted by someone else.
  • Challenge unacceptable behaviour.
  • Do not put anyone, including yourself, in a vulnerable or compromising situation.
  • Do not have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.
  • You must not keep allegations or suspected abuse secret.
Contact your minister who?
or Rev Andrew Hollins Tel: 01234 340167

The Silver Line

A free, confidential helpline for older people open every single day and night

The Silver Line - ring - 0800 4 70 80 90

The Silver Line Find Out More download

Please put this poster on display in your church.

Safeguarding Training

Creating Safer Space - Foundation Module training and Refresher training

FOUNDATION SESSIONS are to be attended if this is your first training with the church


Tuesday 15 September 20207:00pmKempston East Methodist Church, Biggleswade - details being arranged.
Foundation Training in 2020 Find Out More

REFRESHER SESSIONS are to be attended by those who have already undertaken the Foundation session


Monday 4 May 2020CANCELLED - Priory Methodist Church.
Saturday 6 June 20201:30pmAmpthill Methodist Church - details being confirmed.
June 2020 Kempston East Methodist Church - details being arranged.
Tuesday 17 November 20207:00pmShefford Methodist Church - details being confirmed.
Refresher Training in 2020 Find Out More

ADVANCED MODULE (previously Leadership Module) are to be attended by those who have already undertaken the Foundation session

Please note that even if you have completed the Advanced Module training, you will still need to complete the Foundation Module training and attend the Refresher training every four years.


Sat 4th Apr 2020, time to be confirmed,venue to be confirmed (but in our Circuit)Please book using

Volunteer Registration and Role Outline Documents

When churches take on volunteers the registration and role outline documents must be completed.

Read the Safeguarding Policy Volunteer Registration Document (Form A Part 1).

Read the Safeguarding Policy Volunteer Role Outline Document (Form A Part 2).


Contact Details

Find the contact details for the Circuit Team member with oversight for your church on the Circuit Team page.

The Circuit Safeguarding Administrator is Mrs Stephanie Field, Tel: 01234 831174

For all enquiries and contact related to Safeguarding or Safeguarding training in the Methodist Church, North Bedfordhsire Circuit, please use our new email address

The District Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Gill Crippen, e-mail
Tel: 07793 012215

CCPAS: the Churches' Child Protection Advisory service 0845 120 4550
- 24 hour help line on safeguarding children & vulnerable adults

Childline: 0800 1111

Silverline: 0800 470 80 90

National Domestic Violence Help Line: 0808 2000 247

Police Protection Unit: 01234 846 960

NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Resource Links

The Methodist Connexional and National Website Safeguarding Page

The Methodist District Website Safeguarding Page has many useful resources, including research studies and fact sheets. is a freephone confidential helpline for people with concerns about child sexual abuse which gives advice, support and information. Tel: 0808 1000 900 is the Methodist Church children and youth web page.

DBS checks: there are new guidelines for DBS checks (as part of Safer Recruitment)

Safeguarding Incident Record Keeping: there are new guidelines available on the connexion website. These guidelines include two templates for churches and circuits, available on the Downloads page.

Safeguarding in LEP's: New guidelines are available on the connexion website