The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly from Gods creation of male and female in Gods own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by Gods 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.
All churches have been provided with posters which include specific safeguarding information and contact details. These posters should be displayed in each room where the church and other user groups meet. Further copies of the posters may be obtained from the Circuit Safeguarding Officer or by contacting the Circuit Office.
Note: this document is also available for downloading on the Policy Downloads Page.
- In an emergency, respond immediately.
- Consult the person to whom you are responsible.
- Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an immediate referral.
- Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions.
- Tell your minister and/or safeguarding representative.
- Only tell others who need to know.
- Listen. Keep listening. Do not question or investigate.
- Do not promise confidentiality; tell them we need to share this.
- Assure them they are not to blame.
- Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what happens.
- Make careful notes of what is said, record dates, times, events and when you are told.
- Report it to the person to whom you are responsible and your minister or safeguarding representative.
- Only tell those who need to know.
- 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.
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
Please put this poster on display in your church.
Creating Safer Space - Foundation Module training and Advanced training
WHO NEEDS TO ATTEND? - a guide
All in-person Creating Safer Space training is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Online training options are being considered by the Methodist Church. Updates will be shared as soon as they become available.
WHO NEEDS TO ATTEND? - a guide
Training Information for the Advanced Module 2021
|Saturday 2nd October 2021 @ 10am||Online||Sorry - all current Courses are fully booked and we await further courses from the District.|
|Monday 8th November 2021 @ 2pm||Online||Sorry - all current Courses are fully booked and we await further courses from the District.|
Safeguarding guides and forms
BEH (Beds, Essex and Hearts Methodist District) Safeguarding Enquiry, Notification and Referral form.
BEH Referral Form (PDF format)
BEH (Beds, Essex and Hearts Methodist District) Activity Risk Assessment form.
BEH Activity Risk Assessment Form (PDF format)
BEH (Beds, Essex and Hearts Methodist District) Safeguarding Training Privacy Notice.
BEH Safeguarding Training Privacy Notice (PDF format)
Practice Guidelines to Support the Report Domestic Abuse and the Methodist Church Taking Action
Guidelines to the Report - (PDF format)
Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships
final_safeguarding_joint_practice_guidance-_leps.pdf - (PDF format)
Stay Safe Online
Stay Safe Online - (PDF format)
Model Safeguarding Policy for Churches
Model Safeguarding Policy for churches - (PDF format)
Read the Safer Recruitment Policy
Read a short guide on how to start a DBS application
Policies and Guidelines for Appointments that require Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosures
Guidelines for appointments requiring enhanced DBS
Volunteer Registration and Role Outline Documents
When churches take on volunteers the registration and role outline documents must be completed.
Read the self-declaration form for members of church bodies (2020)
Read the self-declaration form for Office Holders without substantial contact with vulnerable groups (2019)
Read the self-declaration form for Office Holders without substantial contact with vulnerable groups (2020)
Read the self-declaration form for Office Holders with substantial contact with vulnerable groups (2019)
Read the self-declaration form for Office Holders with substantial contact with vulnerable groups (2020)
Read the Safeguarding Risk Assessment Guide: the Congregation
Read the Declaration for Applicants Renewing their Criminal Record Check
Example Role Outlines, Job Desciptions and Personal Specifications
Children and Young People
Read the Code of Safer Working Practice with Children and Young People
Use of Photography and Video Information Sheet for Young People (12 years and older)
Use of Photography and Video Information Sheet for Parents and Carers
Online Communication Guidelines for Leaders working with Young People
Property Safeguarding Issues
Read the Reopening of Buildings Checklist
Read the Model Policy Key Points for External User Groups of the Premises - Checklist
Read the Template Booking Form
Read the Keyholder Declaration
Read the Guest Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy
Retention Schedule for Methodist Records
This document identifies how long records should be retained, and the required action on expiry.
Find the contact details for the Circuit Team member with oversight for your church on the Circuit Team page.
The Circuit Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Stephanie Field, Tel: 07522 928936
For all enquiries and contact related to Safeguarding or Safeguarding training in the Methodist Church, North Bedfordhsire Circuit, please use our the email address
CCPAS: the Churches' Child Protection Advisory service
0845 120 4550 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
- 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
The Methodist Connexional and National Website Safeguarding Page
The Methodist District Website Safeguarding Page
www.nspcc.org.uk has many useful resources, including research studies and fact sheets.
www.stopitnow.org.uk is a freephone confidential helpline for people with concerns about child sexual abuse which gives advice, support and information. Tel: 0808 1000 900
www.childrenandyouth.org.uk 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