SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE ADULTS amended 2017
for the Black Country (Methodist) Circuit, West Midlands (includes Charlemont Church)
1 We have a Policy Statement on Safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
“As the people of the Methodist Church we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church community, of all ages. It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse”.
2 We aim to plan our programs so as to minimise situations where the abuse of children, young people and adults may occur.
We will arrange so far as possible that there are always two adult leaders in the same room, minibus, car etc and if in different rooms to keep the door open. If a leader has to meet someone off church premises, they will ensure that a parent or guardian is also present.
3 We will clearly display the telephone number of ‘Childline’ within the church for the benefit of children and young people.
4 We will apply all procedures for protecting children and young people to all staff (voluntary or paid).
5 When potential staff are being considered we will assess their suitability for and experience of work with children and young people.
This will be explored in discussion with all applicants prior to appointment with an appropriate person. If potential staff are not known locally then contact with their previous minister and/or with two referees. We require all applicants to disclose any previous criminal convictions and any current charges (by completing Form A Volunteer Agreement).
6 New staff will enter upon a probationary period. As Standing Order 660 of the constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church.
7 All staff (new & serving) will be required to complete “The Methodist Church Application form for voluntary workers” This form will be kept in a secure manner by the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and the Church Minister.
8 All staff will be issued with guidelines as to how to deal with the disclosure or discovery of abuse.
9 We will encourage training. Currently a Formation Safeguarding Course is running (at April-July 2012) which looks at typical signs of possible abuse.
10 We will encourage teamwork. This was one aspect of the course now running.
11 Detected and/or suspected abuse. Should any abuse be found or suspected the Minister shall be advised and he will do all the follow-up procedure.
PS A more complete version of this brief synopsis of our Safeguarding system can be seen at the church with the latest amendments/legal requirements included as at 2017. All our church groups and outside regular groups meet these requirements.
The safeguarding system is overseen by a Church Safegaurding Officer, the Minister in charge of our church and also the Superintendant Minister of the Black Country Circuit, in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church.