The Circuit Safeguarding Co-ordinator is David Shaw.
In the first instance your Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator must be contacted, then you can email David.
Creating a Safer Space (adopted by the Methodist Conference 2007)
As the people of the Methodist Church we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual with God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the Church community with all ages.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
- Protecting Children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and undertaking that role so as to enable children to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
(HM Government ‘Working together to Safeguard Children’ Glossary and sections 1.18 – 1.19)
Every Child Matters (Government Green Paper) - SHAPE
- Stay Safe
- Be Healthy
- Enjoy and Achieve
- Make a Positive Contribution
- Achieve Economic Wellbeing
This became the Children’s Act of 2004
Safeguarding includes Vulnerable Adults
A vulnerable adult is defined as Any adult aged 18 or over who by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently or for the time being unable to take care of her or himself or to protect her or himself from significant harm or exploitation.’
Safeguarding Children and Young People (pdf 1,055KB) - This policy has been approved by the Methodist Council.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (pdf 644KB) - A new policy approved by the 2010 Methodist Conference.
Past Cases Review (pdf 823KB) - This review is dedicated to survivors/victims of abuse that has occurred within the Methodist Church with the hope that its findings and subsequent actions will contribute to making the church a safer place for all in the future.
Reading & Silchester Circuit Safeguarding Policy (pdf 123KB) – Safeguarding Policy approved by the 2013 Reading & Silchester Circuit Meeting.
Links to other Safeguarding Information resources.
Southampton District Safeguarding page
The District web page has information on available Safeguarding training that is planned to be offered in the different circuits which comprise the Southampton District.
The Methodist Church in Britain Safeguarding page
Please see the Methodist Safeguarding Policy page on the above website for documents on different aspects of Safeguarding that are available for download or purchase.